The latest bills were unveiled Monday by Senators John Eichelberger and Michael Stack. One bill is designed to prevent lobbyists from acting as campaign managers and consultants. Other bills would require more gifts to lawmakers and executive-branch officials to be publicly reported and prohibit the governor or his staff from accepting gifts from friends who do business with or are regulated by the state. Another would seek more transparency in state contracting.
Eichelberger urged his fellow lawmakers to put politics aside and support the new reform measures.
The proposals come in the wake of a state Supreme Court justice's corruption conviction and state prosecutors filing charges in an alleged "pay to play" scandal at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.