Finance - July 8, 2011

New Law Toughens Sunshine Law

Yesterday Governor Corbett signed a bill into law that increases the fine for public officials who do not follow the Sunshine Law by violating requirements to conduct business in meetings open to the public. The individuals responsible for violating the law must pay fines ranging from $1,000-$2,000.

 Additionally, Gov. Corbett signed 45 other pieces of legislation yesterday bringing his total bills signed in 6 months to 89.


Parole Board Nominee

Also this week, Gov. Corbett nominated Washington County's First Assistant District Attorney Craig McKay to serve on the 9-member state Board of Probation and Parole. The Board can decide on as few as 20,000 to as many as 28,000 cases a year. The term is 6 years and pays over $115,000. The Senate must confirm this nomination, which will be done in the fall session.