Legislative, Budget and Finance Committee Releases Reports and Mensch Bill Moves Forward in Senate

Harrisburg – The Legislative, Budget and Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), released two reports during their meeting on April 15th in response to  Senate Resolution 414 (Smucker – Charter School Study) and Act 2012-207. Below are links to the full reports:

Report Presenter: Maryann Nardone, LB&FC Project Manager

Report Presenter: Philip Durgin, LB&FC Executive Director

The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative service agency consisting of 12 members of the General Assembly. The Committee conducts studies and make recommendations aimed at eliminating unnecessary expenditures; promoting economy in the government of the Commonwealth; and assuring that state funds are being expended in accordance with legislative intent and law. To carry out these mandates, the LBFC is authorized to conduct a wide range of research activities pertaining to the operation and performance of state-funded programs and agencies.

LBFC Chair Senator Mensch introduced SB 622 which seeks to remove certain recurring projects from the LBFC to allow personnel to work on new studies. The following recurring projects would be removed under the legislation:

  • Performance Audit of PennDOT which is done every 6 years at a cost of $500,000
  • A cost benefits study of mental health insurance coverage that is required by Act 198-150 that is done every 2 years at a cost of $100,000
  • A study of the impact of slots on the State Lottery which is to be done annually at a cost of $500

SB 622 was voted out of the State Government Committee and is currently under second consideration in the Senate.  For more information on Senator Mensch’s prime sponsored legislation, visit http://www.senatormensch.com/prime-sponsored-legislation-2015-2016/.

More information is available on Senator Mensch’s website, www.SenatorMensch.com, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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CONTACT: Sarah Stroman sstroman@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388