Governor Wolf Continues Commitment to Government Transparency

Earlier this week, Governor Wolf continued his commitment to increasing government transparency and efficiency by signing House Bill 1175 into law. The Beaver County Times describes:

“Instead of giving candy to lobbyists on Valentine’s Day, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bipartisan bill streamlining lobbying disclosure report filings and increasing penalties for not timely filing them.”

The legislation will strengthen restrictions on lobbyists and special interests and will improve efficiency in the lobbying disclosure filing process. The bill received bipartisan support and passed the House and Senate unanimously, reflecting that reform is long overdue.

The new law will strengthen lobbying reporting rules in four key ways:

  1. It requires lobbyists, lobbying firms, or principals to file lobbying disclosure reports electronically.
  2. It increases the daily maximum penalty for not filing a report by the quarterly deadline
  3. It doubles the maximum penalty for not filing a lobbying disclosure reports by the quarterly deadline
  4. It requires the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure reports online within seven days of receiving the filing

This is just the latest step taken by Governor Wolf towards reforming Harrisburg and creating a government that works for everyone. He said, “By cracking down on special interests, this bill will help to create a more open, honest and transparent government in Harrisburg that is accountable to the people of Pennsylvania.”

Since assuming office, Governor Wolf has also eliminated more than $2 billion in government waste, instituted a gift ban for members of his administration, required cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online, and passed comprehensive pension reform. He also donates his salary to charity and does not live in the governor’s mansion.