The Senate today (March 22) approved government reform legislation introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) that would provide improved transparency regarding lobbyist disclosure reports.
Senate Bill 169 would require lobbyists to register and file reports electronically through a computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Currently, lobbyists may register and file reports on paper forms, which in some cases has delayed the posting of the information on the department’s website.
SB 169 requires the department to post on its website all lobbying registration and reporting documents it receives within seven days. The measure also bars lobbyists from charging a contingency fee for grants awarded to their clients.
“This legislation would improve the public disclosure standards in Harrisburg,” Senator Laughlin said. “The people have a right to know who is lobbying, what they are spending to impact public policy, and the issues at which those lobbying efforts are being directed. Timely internet publication of all lobbying documents is an important part of improving transparency in state government. This is good policy and a necessary step to maintain the public’s confidence in the decisions made by state lawmakers.”
SB 169 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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