HARRISBURG – Changes to Pennsylvania Senate operating rules proposed by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) to increase transparency and give senators more time to review legislation were recently adopted by the chamber.
At Coleman’s request, senators will now be given 10 hours to review amended legislation before it’s brought up for final vote, an increase from six hours. Another rule change requires all amendments offered in committee to be provided to the chair and minority chair of the committee no less than one hour prior to the start of the committee meeting where it is to be considered.
“The actions taken by the Senate can affect millions of Pennsylvanians, and we owe it to our constituents to allow enough time for thorough review of each bill that comes before us,” Senator Coleman said. “I’m grateful that Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman considered my request and added these improvements to the rules governing how the Senate operates.”
“As we work together to conduct the business of the people of Pennsylvania, the adoption of Senate rules allows our chamber to operate in an orderly and efficient manner,” Senator Pittman said. “The changes that have been put in place make improvements to the way in which we function, while maintaining flexibility to move forward in a timely manner. I commend Senator Coleman on his immediate engagement in working to help make a positive impact on how the Senate operates.”
Constituents can view a complete rundown of Senate operating rules here.
CONTACT: Gary Day