Harkins: Legislative Audit Advisory Commission accepts audit of General Assembly’s 2022 finances

Report is available online

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Pat Harkins, Majority Chairman of the bicameral Legislative Audit Advisory Commission, announced that the commission met yesterday and accepted the independent audit of the General Assembly’s finances for 2022.

Harkins, D-Erie, said that as majority chairman, he will continue to ensure the commission fulfills its responsibility of keeping the public informed about the General Assembly’s finances.

“I have had the honor of co-chairing the commission with Chairman Dunbar over the years, and I appreciate and respect his insight and knowledge with regard to budgets and finances,” Harkins said. “As the new majority chairman, I will strive to make sure we continue to keep the public fully informed about the finances of the Pennsylvania House and Senate.”

Harkins said the audit the commission reviewed – conducted by the independent certified public accounting firm Boyer & Ritter LLC – revealed a $261.5 million reserve as of June 30, 2022.

The LAAC is responsible for conducting the annual financial audit under Article VIII, Section 10 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

In addition to Harkins, other commission members include State Rep. George Dunbar, R- Westmoreland; state Sens. Maria Collett, D-Bucks/Montgomery, and Chris Gebhard, R-Berks/Lancaster/Lebanon; public members Peter Barsz and Phil Rudy (appointed by the House); and public members Gregory Jordan and Ira Weiss (appointed by the Senate).

A copy of the audit, prior audits and more information about the commission is available at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/laac.cfm.