HARRISBURG – The expenses for state Senator Scott Martin (R-13) will be available to the public online beginning on Sept. 1 under a new reporting system that will make all Senate expenses easily accessible.
The information will include all office leases, per diems, reimbursements for meals and lodging, supplies, mileage, office maintenance and much more. The information will be available on a new webpage, which will be updated monthly by the Chief Clerk and will apply to all Senate offices — Republican, Democrat, Independent and institutional.
“Local residents and taxpayers statewide will have an easy way to examine Senate expenses and determine that I – along with my colleagues – are being a good steward of taxpayer dollars,” Senator Martin said. “While this information has always been a public record, making it easily accessible is an important step in our transparency efforts.”
The Senate’s new expense transparency system will build on existing good government measures in state government, including:
- The state’s PennWATCH system, which includes information on employee salaries, state spending, revenues and more.
- Information on contracts and purchases of $5,000 or more are available via the Pennsylvania Treasury Transparency Portal page – Contracts e-Library Database.
- The Pennsylvania General Assembly website, which includes information on all roll call votes taken in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as upcoming committee meetings, operating rules, proposed amendments, and a live session feed.
- Campaign finance reports and search tools from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
CONTACT: Terry Trego