Senator Gordner: State Government Info Available on Online Citizen Access Page

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Senate votes, debates, bills and statutes can now be accessed online via one site, the Citizen Access Page, Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) announced today.

Visitors to Senator Gordner’s website can click on the Citizen Access Page link to look up bills and amendments, review text of floor debates, and see how senators voted. Information is available for votes in committee and in the full Senate.

“It is important that the public have access to its government, and I’m pleased to be able to provide a source for this information to immediately be available to my constituents,” said Sen. Gordner.  “Of course, my staff and I remain available to answer constituent questions and provide additional information when it is requested.”

The site guides users through the process, under the headings “How to View Senate Votes and Debates,” “How to Search Pennsylvania Statutes,” and “How to View Lobbyist Disclosure Reports.”

In addition to providing information on the legislative process, the Citizen Access Page helps users track who is lobbying, who individual lobbyists are representing, and how they are spending their money.  Users can also see the number of clients each lobbyist has and what each one is spending per client.

The Citizen Access Page is part of the ongoing effort to provide greater transparency in the Senate. Others steps include limiting voting session to between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. to prevent late-night votes, and waiting a sufficient time before voting on an amended bill to give legislators and the public time to understand the changes before a final vote.

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