Updates to Election Code, Transparency Measures Passed by Senate State Government Committee

HARRISBURG – Five bills, including updates to the election code and measures that increase transparency while protecting individual privacy, were passed today by the Senate State Government Committee, according to Senator Dave Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), who chairs the Committee.

“Today’s votes reflect the bipartisan focus of the committee on how Pennsylvania’s elections should be conducted and how we should improve the state government’s commitment to openness and transparency, especially when compared to the multiple sins of past decades,” said Argall.

The bills passed today include legislation advocated by both Republican and Democratic senators, including Senate Bill 507, which would require the recording of all Committee meetings of the House and the Senate; Senate Bill 573, which would expand the requirements for being a poll watcher; Senate Bill 745, which would update the Right-to-Know Law to exempt public employee birthdays from being reported; Senate Bill 862, which would allow leftover funds from political action to be donated to non-profits; and House Bill 1452, which would add flexibility to when the Pennsylvania Bulletin can be published.

These bills now advance to the Senate for their consideration.

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