Reform Package Endorsed by Culver

A package of six reform bills designed to enhance accountability in state government and restore trust in Harrisburg were among the first votes cast by Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) for the 2011-12 legislative session. 

“Residents of the 108th District are adamant that state government must change the way business is done, and we must follow through with strong and decisive action to ensure reform is part of the new culture here,” Culver said. “This package is a tremendous step forward and is the most important set of reforms since the mid-1980s. I am pleased that it is one of the first orders of business in this new session.” 

The package includes bills to: 

  • Increase the penalties for lobbyists who violate the state’s lobbyist disclosure laws.
  • Place limits on who can review bids for state contracts by preventing an individual who has been employed by a company bidding on a project from being part of the review process.
  • Apply the state’s Right-to-Know law to public procurement contracts and allows advanced public inspection of non-competitively awarded contracts prior to execution of the agreement.
  • Prohibit members of the General Assembly from creating and/or maintaining non-profit organizations that receive public funds. Although part of the House rules, successful legislation would then apply to both the House and the Senate.
  • Extend whistleblower protection to employees of nonprofits and private sector companies with state contracts who report waste of public money obtained by their employer for services or work. Similar protections will apply to legislative employees.  

“All of these bills came through two standing committees on which I serve, so I was pleased to be part of the approval process that sent this legislation to the full House for consideration,” Culver said. “Although there are still many more reforms needed to increase accountability and restore trust to the state Capitol, this legislation sets the right tone for the new session and will help ensure that taxpayer money is spent efficiently and wisely.” 

The bills were voted on Monday on second consideration and will be up for final adoption next week before going to the state Senate. 

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Jennifer Keaton

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