Reforming Government

Working to make state government more efficient and transparent.



  • Senate Resolution 256 (Gordner) mandates a full hearing regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s ability to perform her duties with a suspended law license.
  • Act 13 of 2015 (Mensch) streamlines the work of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.
  • Act 54 of 2015 (Greenleaf) allows persons 75 years of age or older, judges and breastfeeding mothers to be excused from jury duty.
  • Act 59 of 2015 prohibits harassment, stalking or making threats by parties involved in a labor dispute.
  • Act 62 of 2015 increases the mandatory retirement age for judges and magisterial district judges from 70 to 75 years. (Proposed constitutional amendment.)
  • Act 63 of 2015 requires county pension plans to adopt best management practices and sets a funding threshold for when cost-of-living-adjustments may be granted.
  • Act 90 of 2015 (Folmer) requires commonwealth agencies to clearly note whenever tax monies are spent for advertising purposes.
  • Act 15 of 2016 (Folmer) requires the Independent Fiscal Office to complete a cost analysis of proposed collective bargaining agreements under the governor’s jurisdiction prior to the execution of those contracts.
  • Act 69 of 2016 (Vulakovich) streamlines and modernizes Pennsylvania’s Civil Service Act.
  • Senate Bill 1 (Corman) significantly reforms Pennsylvania’s costly state pension systems in order to make them viable in the long term, while reducing liabilities and preserving current employee retirement benefits.
  • Senate Bill 283 (Pileggi) continues the process to amend the state Constitution to eliminate the Philadelphia Traffic Court.
  • Senate Bill 316 (Folmer) provides increased public access to information concerning the awarding of no-bid state contracts.
  • Senate Bill 333 (Eichelberger) provides for clear state preemption of local mandated leave ordinances.
  • Senate Bill 411 (Pileggi) strengthens Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law for requesters and agencies by simplifying the appeals process for requesters, giving the Office of Open Records flexibility in addressing complex appeals, and reducing the burden of requests from inmates.
  • Senate Bill 474 (Rafferty) requires Senate confirmation of the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
  • Senate Bill 501 (Eichelberger) provides “Paycheck Protection” by ensuring that public employee paychecks and taxpayer resources are no longer used as a vehicle for the collection of political money by outside groups.
  • Senate Bill 562 (Gordner) provides additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process.
  • Senate Bill 645 (Stefano) requires proposed state or local collective bargaining agreements be made available online within 48 hours, with agreements posted online two weeks prior to signing.
  • Senate Bill 695 (Scarnati) requires lobbyists and lobbying firms to register and file reports electronically with the Department of State, which must post the reports online within a week.
  • Senate Bill 859 (Greenleaf) consolidates the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole into a single state agency titled the “Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.”
  • Senate Bill 927 (Scavello) requires Senate approval of Pennsylvania’s representatives on the Delaware River Bridge Commission.
  • Senate Bill 1031 (Gordner) allows for the appointment of independent counsel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by an Attorney General, employees of the Office of Attorney General, or chairman or treasurer of a political campaign of the Attorney General.
  • Senate Bill 1282 (Wagner) prevents county Recorders of Deeds Offices from charging excessive fees for the recording of amendments to declarations of condominiums, cooperatives and planned communities.
  • Senate Bill 1082 (Browne) aggressively reforms the state employee pension system to lower the overall risk profile and set a more sustainable course to long-term fiscal solvency by addressing the uncontrolled, unmanaged risk.
  • Senate Resolution 138 (Vulakovich) authorizes a study of the numerous state boards and commissions with an eye toward providing savings to the Commonwealth.
  • Senate Resolution 263 (Argall) directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct an official study of mandatory overtime in the Department of Corrections.

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