government-reform

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Located: Bipartisanship in Harrisburg | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - May 29, 2021

Republican lawmakers are pressing for lobbying reform, but a gift ban remains out of reach.

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Once more into the breach, a new session brings a new bill to shrink the Legislature | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 26, 2021

Rep. Valerie Gaydos, R-Allegheny, step right up, it's your turn to be the Charlie Brown for this ageless political football.

Gun rights and gift ban grab lawmakers’ attention with set of Capitol rallies

BY: - September 29, 2020

The Pennsylvania Capitol echoed with the voices of the people Tuesday with two separate rallies, from two groups seeking very different things.

‘We can do better’ Wolf’s Council on Reform finds

BY: - December 16, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday provided the first progress report on the administration’s ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. The council found that the Commonwealth could improve in two key areas: empowering the workforce and creating access to those who need services. “The goal is to ensure that every human being is treated […]

Pennsylvania’s lobbying disclosure law isn’t meeting its aim, oversight report finds

BY: - October 30, 2019

Pennsylvania’s lobbying laws suffer from a host of problems, including issues of transparency and enforcement, a report by a new legislative committee has found. “If the scope of the lobbying disclosure law is to figure out who spends money on who, I think the current law fails at both,” House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Seth […]

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For Pa. lawmakers, it’s summertime – and the living is definitely easy | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - July 10, 2019

How much time do lawmakers spend actually working on their summer vacation -- and how much do they spend campaigning for re-election? That's the real question.

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Another failing grade for Pa.: It’s past time to reform the Legislature | Opinion

BY: - May 21, 2019

Through informed, persistent civic engagement we can end our legislature's cycle of failure and ensure policies that allow our commonwealth and communities to thrive.

Turzai lends support to gift ban after activists shower lawmakers with dollar bills, get arrested

BY: - May 6, 2019

Twenty activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday, after dropping dollars labeled “bribe” and blocking a building entrance in an attempt to pressure the state House to pass what they say is a long overdue gift ban. The activists came from March On Harrisburg, a grassroots anti-corruption organization, at the conclusion of a nine-day […]