HARRISBURG – Ensuring that the voices of the people of Pennsylvania are not silenced by those who try to pay for access and influence, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) is supporting the introduction of legislation that would establish new rules for lobbyists in Harrisburg.
“Pennsylvanians are already paying for people to lobby on behalf of their interests in the state Capitol,” Cutler said. “The elected members of the House and Senate are their lobbyists. The voters chose us to represent their interests and carry their message into the work we do here.”
Eleven pieces of legislation introduced this week will increase openness and transparency in the lobbying process, limit the influence of professional lobbyists, and hold lobbyists to a higher standard of ethical conduct.
“Many lobbyists do important work on issues that impact our Commonwealth, but they do not hold the power to change the course of our future. That power belongs to the people,” Cutler added.
Some examples of proposed new rules include requiring lobbyists to disclose and register any client conflicts with the Department of State, requiring campaign consultants to register with the state while also prohibiting those consultants from being lobbyists, and prohibiting referral payments to and from lobbyists.
“I introduced the last major lobbying reform package in Harrisburg 15 years ago,” Cutler said. “I’m proud to stand with these members today and remind the lobbying community that if they want to continue to play a role in our processes, they will be held to the highest standards.”
The bills will soon be introduced and referred to the House State Government committee.
Speaker Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives