The Pennsylvania legislature got a "F" from the Center for Public Integrity in a national report on lawmakers disclosing information about assets, holdings or connections to special interests. In this study which looks at accountability, performance, professionalism, efficiency, cost-saving and disclosure of information by the legislature, the PA legislature dropped two slots to 35th among states. So what do other states do that PA does not:
- State lawmakers here are not required to describe any outside employment nor the range nor value of income from it.
- Our lawmakers are not required to disclose a spouse's employment or even a spouse's name. Other states, 28 of them, see such a requirement as a good way to avoid conflicts of interest or appearances of conflict.
- Our lawmakers are not required to describe entities for which they serve as officers, board members or directors - same for spouses. The only requirement is listing "any office you hold" in a business entity.
- Our lawmakers are not required to provide information on real property they or a spouse own, nor its value, unless such property "was involved in transactions" with the state or other governmental bodies.
- They are not required to report financial interest in any business unless they own more than 5 percent of its equity or assets, nor describe any for-profit business in which they hold interest above that threshold.