A new bipartisan, bicameral Government Reform Caucus has been created, state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin County, and Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, announced March 18.
Both elected officials said they believe that bringing fundamental reforms to state government is the only way to put the General Assembly in a position to truly address the commonwealth's major issues.
"An open, transparent and inclusive government will not only restore the public's trust, but it will also allow elected officials to work together more efficiently and effectively in order to move Pennsylvania forward," Teplitz said in a news release.
The first-term senator has crafted legislation that would allow independent audits of the General Assembly and its accounts, eliminate the automatic annual midterm cost-of-living adjustments for state legislators and suspend pay for both the governor and legislators if the state budget is not approved on time.
He also has targeted prohibitions on lame-duck legislative sessions and state agencies hiring lobbyists to lobby other state agencies, as well as allowing registered independents to vote in primary elections.