Bill to Streamline Campaign Finance Reporting Gets Pennsylvania Senate Approval | State


(The Center Square) – Legislation drafted by Senate Appropriation Committee Chairman Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, to bring transparency and efficiency to Pennsylvania’s campaign finance reporting system has been approved by the Senate of the State.

Under Senate Bill 140, all candidates for political action and office committees will be required to file an application with the Secretary of the Commonwealth using the Pennsylvania State Department’s online filing system to provide campaign finance reports.

Financial reports in Pennsylvania are currently filed on paper, forcing State Department staff to upload copies to the department’s website and delaying public access to the reports. About 32 states already use an electronic filing system.

“I think this legislation both strengthens transparency and modernizes Pennsylvania’s campaign finance reporting requirements,” Browne said. “This will speed up public access to reports, improve accountability, and reduce State Department expenses.”

The bill increases the penalties for late reporting and provides an exemption for those who do not have access to a computer. It establishes a training program for the online filing system and requires the State Department to make all information available in a publicly accessible database within four days.

The bill was passed by the Senate, 49-0, and is heading to the House for consideration.

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