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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, May 20:
State government reform was all the rage after lawmakers voted themselves a pay raise in a late night session during the summer of 2005. The public outcry had an impact and the pay hike was repealed several months later.
There were a few reforms enacted although none were considered major. After a couple years, momentum and demand for reform seemed to die down.
That doesn't mean there hasn't been criticism of the Pennsylvania General Assembly -- the largest full time and one of the most expensive legislative bodies in the country.
And now, a bi-partisan caucus has been formed with major change on the minds of its members.
Democratic State Senator Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County and Republican State Representative Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County are leading the Government Reform Caucus, that consist of 24 Republicans and nine Democrats from both the House and Senate.
Rep. Cutler and Sen. Teplitz will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss their proposals that include annual independent audits of the General Assembly, suspending pay for the governor and legislature if a budget isn't passed on time, making the legislature part time, and allowing independents to vote in Pennsylvania's primary elections.
What reforms would you like to see?
Rep. Cutler and Sen. Teplitz
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