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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 21, 2015 10:17 AM
From: Senator Scott Wagner
To: All Senate members
Subject: Constitutional Amendments Eliminating the Government-Funded Collection of Political Funds
 
In the near future, I intend to introduce two Constitutional amendments aimed at ending the practice of having taxpayer-funded payroll systems collect money that is ultimately used for politics.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason E. High at 717-787-3817 or jhigh@pasen.gov.



Document #1

Introduced as SB500

Description:
  • The first amendment deals with the Executive Branch of the state and will amend Article IV of the Constitution to add the following:
 Payroll Deductions; Political Money
Section 20.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall not use its payroll systems to collect any funds that will be used in any way to advocate for the passage or defeat of any legislation before the General Assembly or that will be used to advocate for the election or defeat of any candidate for public office. This includes but is not limited to charitable contributions, organizational membership fees, union dues, and contributions to political action committees. The Commonwealth shall not enter into any contract compelling the collection of funds in violation of this prohibition.
 
 

Document #2

Description:
  • The second Constitutional amendment deals with local governments, and will amend Article IX by adding:
 Payroll Deductions; Political Money
Section 15.

No county, municipality, or school district shall use its payroll systems to collect any funds that will be used in any way to advocate for the passage or defeat of any legislation before the General Assembly or that will be used to advocate for the election or defeat of any candidate for public office. This includes but is not limited to charitable contributions, organizational membership fees, union dues, and contributions to political action committees. No county, municipality, or school district shall enter into any contract compelling the collection of funds in violation of this prohibition.