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House Panel Says Lobbyist Disclosure Law Should Be Improved

Matt Rourke

The first report from a new state House investigative committee says Pennsylvania's lobbyist disclosure law should be overhauled so that lobbyists, rather than the entities they're working for, have to report meals, gifts and other spending meant to influence government.

The House Government Oversight Committee report released Wednesday also recommends changes to how lobbyist spending reports are audited.

The bipartisan committee says it's currently difficult to identify and punish lobbyist registration violations.

It says the current practice of keeping most audit reports confidential should be reversed, arguing that public disclosure of information outweighs most privacy concerns.

The review was authorized in May by the Republican and Democratic floor leaders in the House of Representatives, following up on a 2018 law enacted to improve registration and reporting compliance.