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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2019 10:57 AM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Reform Bills
In the near future, I plan on reintroducing my reform bills (SBs 731, 732, 733, and 734) from last session. Including COLAs, per diems, leasing of state vehicles, and a gift ban.

Document #1

Introduced as SB643

Description: The first reform bill will eliminate annual, automatic COLAs. Instead, COLAs will be given once each decade, to the members of the House and Senate, following the decennial U.S. Census.


Document #2

Introduced as SB644

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

Document #3

Introduced as SB645

Description:  The third reform bill will eliminate the leasing of state vehicles to members of the state legislature. My bill does not eliminate reimbursement of expenses/tolls.

Document #4

Introduced as SB646

Description: The fourth reform bill will ban gifts for members of the General Assembly. No member may solicit or accept, for their personal use or for another’s use, a gift, favor, entertainment, hospitality, loan or any other item of monetary value.