Vagueness concerns plague bill banning legislative nonprofits

Though it moved through the House State Government Committee overwhelmingly Tuesday, a bill that would codify a current House rule banning legislative nonprofits sparked concerns from some lawmakers that the language is too vague.

House Bill 14 has been introduced by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) as a means to codify the existing internal House rule that prohibits—according to a caucus bill summary—members from creating or maintaining a “nonprofit corporation or other entity whose primary purpose is to receive funds under the General Appropriations Act or another appropriations act at the discretion or by the reason of the influence of a member for the use at the direction or discretion of the member.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Per diem reform bills face tough challenge

Attempting to deliver on a campaign promise, freshman Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) has teamed up with veteran lawmaker Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to introduce a measure that would reform how state lawmakers are reimbursed for expenses while on legislative duty.

The pair recently introduced Senate Bill 335, which would change the flat-rate reimbursement for lawmakers who claim expenses while on legislative duty and instead require them to submit receipts for reimbursement of actual costs.

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Meeting on the ninth anniversary of the 2005 legislative pay-raise, government reform advocates gave the General Assembly a failing grade for reform efforts.

“Today, overall, the legislature has gotten an F-minus on the report card today,” said Gene Stilp. “[This is a] total failure on reform by the legislature.”

The legislative report card for mid-year 2014 focused on things like a total legislative gift ban, ending COLAs, ending legislative perks, campaign reform, requiring more documentation of expenses, and other similar areas.

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Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

The Senate State Government Committee advanced two bills today that would reduce the size of the General Assembly, eliminate the office of Lieutenant Governor, and reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior courts.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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