Is change coming to Senate GOP leadership?

A letter circulated to Senate Republicans this week obtained by The PLS Reporter seeks support for a slate of leadership candidates not including long-time and current Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

According to the November 6th letter, the slate proposed by the authors maintains the current Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), but has Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) as Leader, Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) as Appropriations Committee chair, Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) as Whip, Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) as Caucus Chairman, and Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin) as Caucus Administrator.

Friday, November 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

A Kentucky lawyer and a government watchdog organization were the lone testifiers at Monday’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on possible ethics reform legislation.

The hearing was called in response to numerous news reports regarding a sting operation halted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane that showed state legislators taking cash gifts in exchange for votes on pending legislation.

Noting the Senate just passed a bill and a rule banning cash gifts from lobbyists or those seeking business before the state, committee chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) said the hearing is the first step in broader ethics reform.

Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Gift Ban Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate, House Will Wait on Legislative Push

Legislation banning public officers from taking cash gifts or their equivalents made its way through the Senate State Government Committee Monday afternoon with the legislation anticipated to be passed by the full Senate by the end of the week.

Senate Bill 1327 by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) amends the law regulating public officers to prohibit the acceptance of cash gifts or their equivalents from a lobbyist or someone with business before the Commonwealth.

Sen. Baker noted she has been interested in introducing the legislation for months, particularly since she represents the area affected by the “Kids-for-Cash” scandal where judges took cash in exchange for sentencing juveniles to facilities owned by those offering the bribes when the sentences were not warranted.

“I believe this bill is a straightforward, commonsense approach,” Sen. Baker stated.

She further noted the bill addresses situations where public officers receive things like “Kohl’s Cash” or other store rewards. “We wanted to ensure that some of those common sense things were also considered as part of the legislation,” she said.

Sen. Baker called this a first step in putting a fundamental principle into law.


Monday, April 7, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views