Lobbyists’ Disclosure Reform Package Reviewed by State Government Senate Committee

HARRISBURG – A set of four bills to increase transparency in Pennsylvania was considered in a state government Senate Committee public hearing on Wednesday, according to Sen. David G. Argall (R-Berks / Schuylkill) , who chaired the hearing. The Committee heard testimony from the main sponsors of the bills, the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission and the Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations.

“It’s been almost fifteen years since the Lobbyists Information Disclosure Act was enacted, and we need to update the requirements,” Argall said. “These bills are a continuation of the bipartisan work of the Senate Committee of State Government this session to increase openness and transparency in our state government.”

Senate Bill 801, sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), would require lobbyists to register any client seeking state financial aid or grants, as well as ban any bribes or conditional fees for taxpayer funded grant applications. It would also require disclosure of any stake held by a lobbyist in a company they are lobbying for.

Senate Bill 802, sponsored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), would prevent government entities from hiring outside lobbyists, as well as former lobbyists who become General Assembly employees from being submitted to the lobbying of their former colleagues for a year.

Senate Bill 803, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), would prevent lobbyists from also being registered as political consultants, as well as political consultants from lobbying any client they have. give advice.

Senate Bill 804, sponsored by Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks), would require all registered lobbyists to take mandatory ethics training every year.

The state government Senate committee is expected to vote on this set of bills before the end of the year. More information about the hearing can be found on the State Government Committee website.

Norman D. Briggs