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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2017 02:33 PM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Lobbyist Disclosure Requirements
In the near future, I plan to introduce a measure that will require lobbyists and lobbying firms to register and file reports electronically through the computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Under current law, lobbyists may register and file reports with the Department on paper forms. In some cases this has led to delayed posting of the information on the Department's publicly accessible website.

In addition, this legislation would require the Department to port on its Lobbyist Disclosure website all lobbying registration and reporting documents it receives within seven days of the filing.

In the past, it has often taken months after lobbyist disclosure documents were completed and filed before they were posted on the Department's website. Timely internet publication of all lobbying documents is an important part of improving transparency in state government.

This legislation will be similar to Senate Bill 695 of last session. If you have any questions, please contact Tabitha Hummer in my office at 787-8927 or thummer@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB169