Part of 10-Bill Government Reform Package
Senator Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) today kicked off a new legislative session by joining members of the Senate Republican Caucus at a capitol news conference to unveil a 10-bill package of government reforms. The package includes legislation sponsored by Corman that would change the process for filling a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor.
“This common-sense reform measure will ensure that in case of a vacancy of Lieutenant Governor, the sitting Governor will be able to pick his or her Lieutenant Governor,” Senator Corman said. “Currently, due to the unfortunate passing of Catherine Baker Knoll, we have a situation where we have a Governor and Lieutenant Governor from different parties. While this bill is a constitutional amendment and will not impact the current situation, it is my sincere belief that the Lieutenant Governor is a part of the Administration and needs to be a willing, working partner of the sitting Governor.”
Similar legislation was introduced by Corman in the previous session and was approved by the Senate, but died in the House of Representatives.
Among the other bills introduced today are measures to change how consulting contracts are awarded, to increase penalties for violating the Sunshine Law which requires public business to be completed during open meetings, to ban bonus payments for state employees, and to eliminate lame-duck legislative sessions.
- Senate Bill 101, to increase penalties for violating the Sunshine Law.
- Senate Bill 102, to reform the procurement of consulting contracts.
- Senate Bill 103, to prohibit bonuses for Commonwealth employees.
- Senate Bill 104, to increase accountability related to the use of state-owned vehicles.
- Senate Bill 105, to create a searchable online budget database.
- Senate Bill 106, a constitutional amendment to eliminate sine die or ‘lame duck’ legislative sessions.
- Senate Bill 107 to post government salary information online.
- Senate Bill 109, to create the Taxpayer-Funded Advertising Transparency Act, to identify material prepared with tax dollars.
- Senate Bill 110, to improve access to, and expand the information contained in, state plane logs.
Nine of the 10 bills in this package passed the Senate last session with strong bipartisan support.
More information about government reform and other state issues can be found on the Senate Republican Caucus web site, www.pasenategop.com.