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Pennsylvania Solons Expand Whistleblower Protection

June 30, 2014

Since the mid-1980s employees of state and local governments in Pennsylvania have been protected from intimidation and retaliation by the Pennsylvania Whistleblower law. Government workers who reported waste, fraud and abuse were protected from losing their jobs as long as they acted in good faith. But employees of the legislature and employees of government contractors were not granted similar protection until the Pennsylvania legislature passed HB-118 and HB-185 yesterday.

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Citizens’ lobby urges House Committee to upgrade and move on bill to regulate gifts to public officials in Pennsylvania

June 10, 2014

Pennsylvania remains one of only ten states that does not limit or ban lobbyists and other special interest advocates from bestowing gifts, entertainment, travel and hospitality perks on legislators and/or other public officials. In testimony before the House State Government Committee today, Common Cause Pennsylvani called on the committee to tighten up and expand upon a bill that is designed to increase disclosure of gifts to public officials in Pennsylvania.

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Government Reform Group Calls On Pennsylvania Legislature to Enact Four Easy Pieces of Basic Reforms By The End of June

June 5, 2014

“Moving clean government laws is never easy in the Pennsylvania legislature, but these are four easy pieces of basic reform – truly the low hanging fruit in a large orchard of overdue government reforms” said Common Cause Pennsylvania Executive Director Barry Kauffman. With the current legislative session nearly three-quarters completed, and despite ethics scandals rocking the capitol with troubling frequency, the General Assembly still has not passed any significant laws this session to clean up Pennsylvania government.

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