If Pennsylvania legislators want to get serious about reform, they face heavy lifting by the end of the year from pension reform to privatization of alcoholic beverage sales.

In the meantime, they should attend to some low-hanging fruit - easy but significant reforms that are ready for action.

As noted by Common Cause of Pennsylvania, two sound election-related bills passed the Senate last year but have not moved from the House State Government Committee.

One would establish online voter registration, which would save money, increase accuracy and security of registration rolls and eliminate needless obstacles to registration.

Another bill, also passed by the Senate and sitting in the House, would mandate online filing of campaign expense reforms by state-level candidates. That also would save money while increasing transparency.

Two other bills, passed by the House and awaiting acting in the Senate, would extend whistleblower protections under state law to employees of state government contractors and of the General Assembly itself.

After the Voter ID fiasco, lawmakers should be eager to effect positive reforms. And amid the latest scandal involving the state Turnpike Commission, lawmakers and contractors, the whistleblower bill is a no-brainer. Lawmakers should pass the bills before the session ends.