DeLuca bills would require public officials, employees to disclose amount of outside pay and limit legislators' outside pay
HARRISBURG, April 8 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has introduced two bills designed to help restore Pennsylvanians' faith in their state government by requiring legislators to disclose any income received from outside employment and its amount.
Current state law only requires elected officials and public employees to disclose the source of any income they've earned from jobs outside of their government position. H.B. 567 also would require them to list the amount earned from the outside work.
House Bill 566 would limit all outside pay for state legislators to 35 percent of the base legislative salary.
"There is the perception that Harrisburg is broken because it's too indebted to powerful and influential special interests. I believe we contribute to cynicism from Pennsylvania residents when we do not require outside income to be reported," DeLuca said. "The comprehensive financial disclosure and limits of outside income put forth in my bills will help public officials, employees and legislators avoid any real or perceived conflicts of interest, while at the same time reassure the public that we are working for them, not the special interests.”
DeLuca's income disclosure bill is modeled after a Hawaii law that requires public employees and officials to report a range for each outside source of income. Those ranges would be:
$1,000 - $74,999;
$75,000 - $99,999;
$100,000 - $149,999;
$150,000 - $249,999;
$250,000 - $499,999;
$500,000 - $749,999;
$750,000 - $999,999; or
More than $1 million.
These bills are part of a legislative package introduced by House Democrats to improve transparency in state government and restore the public's confidence that government will be responsive to their needs, not just those of wealthy individuals, corporations and other special interests.
Both bills have been referred to the House State Government Committee for further consideration.