Collective Bargaining Transparency Bills Advance
Over the past several years, there has been a growing
movement to make state government information more readily available to the
public. This push has resulted in an unprecedented level of transparency in
government spending, which is the best way to ensure accountability in how
state tax dollars are allocated by lawmakers.
Last week, the Senate State Government Committee took
another important step toward holding government accountable to taxpayers by
approving two measures sponsored by Senator Scott Martin and me to add
transparency to the collective bargaining process. The measures would
broaden the Sunshine Act and the Right To Know Law to cover the process of
negotiating the salaries and benefits of government and school employees.
In current practice, these agreements are negotiated
completely behind closed doors, and taxpayers rarely have a chance to
provide any input at all until the agreements are finalized. Our bills would
ensure taxpayers have a chance to review the offers made on behalf of
taxpayers and the demands made by unions, creating an opportunity for an
open conversation between policymakers and the taxpayers they represent.
More information on the bills is available
My thanks goes out to all of the community residents
who stopped by my Coffee and Conversation event this week in West Earl
East Earl Concealed Carry Seminar Scheduled for June 1
My most recent Concealed Carry Seminar with
Representative Mindy Fee in Lititz drew a strong crowd and resulted in a
great conversation about our Second Amendment rights and the
responsibilities of gun ownership. I look forward to another informative
session in the next seminar, which will be held on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30
p.m. at Blue Ball Fire Company in East Earl.
These events not only offer information on the process
of applying for a concealed carry permit, but also offer tips and
information that gun owners of all levels of experience can find useful.
Local residents who are interested in attending the June 1 event can RSVP on
my website at
It was an honor to present a Senate
Citation to Dr. Sheard in honor of Mount Calvary Christian School at their
40th Anniversary Celebration Banquet.
Senate Box 203036
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3036
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301 East Main Street
Lititz, PA 17543
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