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Gift ban advocates look to circumvent GOP leadership, pressure lawmakers

BY: - May 27, 2022

Previous efforts to tighten Pennsylvania’s gift laws have died in the General Assembly, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed a desire for a more comprehensive ban over the last year.

Survey: Most 2022 governor candidates back gift ban for Pa. pols

BY: - March 21, 2022

Reformers March on Harrisburg surveyed 16 candidates for the top spot, 10 said they'd back a ban.

In a big year, here’s how Pa.’s progressive groups are making their presence felt | Analysis

BY: - March 8, 2022

With the 2022 midterm elections just months away, progressive organizations across the commonwealth say they hope to influence public policy and legislation ranging from the environment, housing, gun violence, health care, gift bans, equitable pay, food and water quality protections, fracking, and voters’ rights legislation. The Capital-Star reached out to 10 progressive organizations (eight responded, […]

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March on Harrisburg crashed a speech. It was a civics class in real time | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 1, 2022

Yes, the people who crashed Majority Leader's Kerry Benninghoff's speech were noisy. That's the point.

Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope

BY: - February 21, 2022

Alison Beam, who was a top staffer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before taking over the state Health Department in January 2021, will be hired as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s next vice president of government affairs, the healthcare giant announced last week.

Gift ban advocates target Pa. GOP leaders, urging an end to ‘Groundhog Day’

BY: - January 24, 2022

Under Pennsylvania’s existing Ethics Act, state lawmakers and government employees can accept unlimited gifts — lodging, travel, entertainment, and meals — from anyone as long as they disclose those worth more than $250 on annual financial interest forms.

Gift ban advocates call Benninghoff the latest holdup; House GOP says it’s a ‘work in progress’

BY: - December 26, 2021

Santa and his helpers, organizers with March on Harrisburg, weren’t asking or figgy pudding; they were asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a gift ban.

A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now?

BY: - November 21, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, is the only Republican in legislative leadership who has not vocalized support for the gift ban.

Pa. Republicans unveil lobbying reform package to address ‘most pressing loopholes’ in law

BY: - October 13, 2021

The reform package would impose new requirements for lobbyists and political consultants.

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Advocates for Pa.’s poor call for a ‘just budget’: What would that look like? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 8, 2021

"My hope is that those people will turn away from the golden calf and fight for what is righteous," Rabbi Michael Pollack said.

Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?

BY: - May 17, 2021

A new package of bills could tighten the guidelines for Pennsylvania lobbyists. Though it’s a step toward reform, advocates say they need more details. In a statement released Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, unveiled plans to draft legislation and build on the state’s existing Lobbyist Disclosure […]