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House Sends Reform Measures to Senate, Says Helm
2/10/2011

A package of legislation designed to change the culture in Harrisburg recently passed the state House, said Rep. Sue Helm (R-Susquehanna Township).  Voting in support of seven bills, Helm noted that House Republicans are following through with their Pennsylvania Agenda for Trust in Harrisburg, or PATH. 

Seven bills, six of which are core components of PATH, passed the House unanimously, with the exception of one bill that received one negative vote. 

“I am pleased that the first several bills passed through the House target government reform by putting an end to perceived abuse and misuse of taxpayer dollars,” Helm said.  “Harrisburg has been broken for some time and these bills begin the process of rebuilding.  I was pleased to vote in favor of these measures.”  

The reform bills passed include: 

  • House Bill 15, introduced by Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), would create an Internet-based, searchable database for all state spending known as the Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub, or PennWATCH;
  • House Bill 103, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), would increase penalties on those in violation of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act;
  • House Bill 104, drafted by Rep. Marc Gergley (D-Allegheny), and House Bill 105, introduced by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler), would extend whistleblower protections to employees of the General Assembly, and those under contract with the Commonwealth;
  • House Bill 107, sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), would ban an individual, working for state government and who has been employed by a prospective contractor within the previous two years, from participating in the evaluation of contract proposals;
  • House Bill 108, drafted by Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland), would apply the Right-To-Know Law to allow for public inspection of no-bid, non-competitive state government contracts; and
  • House Bill 109, introduced by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver), would prohibit members of the General Assembly from creating or maintaining non-profit organizations that receive public funds. 

“These measures are aimed at giving taxpayers the ability to review actions of their government while preventing elected officials from getting involved in questionable activities,” Helm said.  “These seven bills are the first in a series of steps to restore the public’s trust in state government.  We still have quite a way to go and I am confident we will reach the end goal.” 

These bills now go to the state Senate for consideration. 

State Representative Sue Helm
104th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Tim Eller
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