Call For Reform

A six-day Daily Review series examining the need for reform of Pennsylvania's General Assembly

Day 1
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2008:09:30 19:55:07 HARRISBURG - With another May primary at hand, Pennsylvania's scandal-plagued General Assembly is once again under fire. And this time, it could get serious. Four years ago, the public reacted to the Legislature's now-infamous midnight pay raise by sweep (read more)

Day 2
HARRISBURG - Even with above-average salaries and benefits, the state's 253 legislators actually account for only a small portion of the total cost of running the General Assembly. The real expense comes from its support staff which numbers nearly 3,000, (read more)
In many ways, state legislators - and their aides - remain insulated from the harsh economic realities faced by the public they represent. As thousands upon thousands of Pennsylvanians lose their jobs or face cuts in salaries and benefits in what amounts (read more)

Day 3
HARRISBURG - The certified public accountant hired to produce annual audit reports of legislative spending attached a curious disclaimer to its fiscal 2008-09 report. "We were not engaged to perform an audit of the General Assembly's internal control ov (read more)
HARRISBURG - Gene Stilp wasn't looking for a pat on the back, but he didn't expect to be slapped with a fine, either. The state Ethics Commission fined Stilp $500 last year after he publicly disclosed that he had filed a complaint requesting an investig (read more)

Day 4
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2009:01:27 11:23:35 HARRISBURG - Talk about reform has outweighed results in the four years since voters unseated incumbents and sent large numbers of freshmen lawmakers to Harrisburg. The scorecard since the newcomers arrived is a new open records law and a series of rule (read more)

Day 5
Photo: N/A, License: N/A HARRISBURG - Creating a new type of Legislature won't be done overnight. It requires amending the state Constitution, a time-consuming process. Lawmakers of both parties have sponsored proposed amendments to make the Legislature less expensive and all (read more)

Day 6
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2010:04:29 10:34:08 The size of the state legislature, legislative reform, and the possibility of a constitutional convention are all issues that have surfaced in Pennsylvania over the years. Now, three legislators serving the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania - State Rep. Ti (read more)