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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 12, 2015 01:33 PM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Reforms- four bills
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would eliminate annual, automatic cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), per diems, state-leasing of vehicles to the General Assembly, and a gift ban for members of the General Assembly.

Document #1

Introduced as SB1116

The first bill will eliminate annual, automatic COLAs. COLAs will instead be given members of the Senate and House once each decade following the decennial Census.

Document #2

Introduced as SB1117

Description: The second bill will end per diems. Expenses incurred while in the official capacity as an elected official will be reimbursed when proper documentation is submitted.

Document #3

Introduced as SB1119

Description: The third bill will eliminate the leasing of state vehicles to members of the state legislature. This will not eliminate reimbursement of expenses for mileage and/or tolls.

Document #4

Description: The fourth bill will fall in line with Governor Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-01 gift ban. No member of the General Assembly may solicit or accept for the personal use of the Official or another, a gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, hospitality, loan or any other think of monetary value, including in-kind gifts.