PA lawmakers push government reform measures

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2013 5:23 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are joining a newly formed government reform caucus and hoping that its bipartisan membership and recent scandals will help propel their bills into law.

The latest bills have been unveiled Senators John Eichelberger and Michael Stack.

One is designed to prevent lobbyists from acting as campaign managers and consultants. Others would require more gifts to lawmakers and executive-branch officials to be publicly reported and prohibit the governor or his staff from accepting gifts from friends who do business with or are regulated by the state.

Another measure would seek more transparency in state contracting.

The proposals come in the wake of a state Supreme Court justice's corruption conviction and state prosecutors filing charges in an alleged "pay to play" scandal at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

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