Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law

Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law

A new report from a powerful House committee found there are shortcomings in the state’s lobbying law that negatively impact transparency and compliance, despite efforts to comply from most lobbying firms.

 

The 42-page report was made public with a 9-0 vote on Wednesday from the House Government Oversight Committee, concluding their first investigation since being formed with the passage of the most recent House rules.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would overhaul campaign finance laws, ban public officials from working as lobbyists after elected office, and improve the cash flow between state funds.

Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

As the newly-formed House Government Oversight Committee reviews a 2018 lobbying disclosure law, one of Harrisburg’s top lobbying firms is seeking even more stringent reporting requirements for government affairs professionals.

The recommendation comes from Greenlee Partners, a prominent State Street lobbying firm that is urging policymakers to consider a policy that would track all lobbying expenses from the moment they begin, not just when they reach a certain threshold.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the arrest powers of school police officers to eliminating straight ticket voting, here are five bills to watch for the week of October 21. 
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House Government Oversight Committee set to meet over lobbying disclosure law

House Government Oversight Committee set to meet over lobbying disclosure law

A new powerful oversight committee is scheduled to meet publicly for the first time next week to release its findings on a lobbying disclosure law enacted last year.

 

The House Government Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 21 on their investigation into Act 2 of 2018, legislation that strengthened reporting requirements and increased penalties for those lobbying state government officials.

Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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