HARRISBURG – Knowing Pennsylvanians deserve to know how every cent of taxpayer funds is spent, the House State Government Committee advanced today legislation to require all members of the General Assembly make public their legislative expenses, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), chairman of the committee, said.
“This practice is currently voluntary with some members, including myself, posting legislative expenses to their websites,” Grove said. “Expanding this initiative would improve transparency and bring uniformity so the public can find all legislative expenses in one place.”
Rep. Keith Gillespies’ (R-Hellam) House Bill 2449
would require the chief clerk of the House and the clerk of the Senate to give to the Legislative Data Processing Center legislative expenses to be published on its website.
The committee also gave its approval to House Bill 2447
to divest in Russia following its goonish invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff’s (R-Centre/Mifflin) House Bill 2447 would require the state treasurer, the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System to divest from companies doing business in Russia and Belarus.
In addition, the committee also advanced to the full House for consideration the following bills:
• House Bill 2066
would require the judicial branch to consolidate operations outside of Harrisburg. This will reduce costs and increase efficiencies in the judiciary. Since March 2020, the courts have been utilizing virtual hearings, verifying it can function without branch operations.
• House Bill 2171
, an omnibus land conveyance bill, which includes the 20-acre former State Correctional Institution – Pittsburgh and a 2.76-acre parcel to be sold to Camp Freedom, an organization that creates opportunities for disabled individuals, including veterans and first responders, to experience the outdoors.
• Senate Bill 1020
would convey land to residents in Lebanon County in exchange for land to be added Swatara State Park and a land exchange in Chester County adjacent to Marsh Creek State Park.
• House Bill 2373
would allow the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to determine the best use of the former Lieutenant Governor’s mansion at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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