Legislative Republicans: No Lame-Duck Session in 2012

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-66), Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-28) announced today that the Senate and the House will not convene for a lame-duck session this year.

“This will be the third consecutive legislative session in which the Senate does not convene for a lame-duck session,” Senator Scarnati said. “This decision reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring that members of the General Assembly are accountable to the public for the decisions we make.”

“This legislative session has seen a remarkable number of reform-related bills signed into law,” Representative Turzai said. “New laws will create an online budget database, strengthen the Sunshine Law and reform the regulatory process. This announcement is another significant step forward in our commitment to change how Harrisburg operates.”

“Fewer than a dozen states even allow for the possibility of a General Assembly convening in a lame-duck session,” Senator Pileggi said. “The citizens of Pennsylvania are right to demand increased accountability from state government, and there’s no compelling reason to schedule a lame-duck session.”

“This legislature must address many important issues – and has done much already,” Representative Smith said. “We will continue working together with Governor Corbett to complete our legislative business prior to the fall election.”

The days between the November election and November 30 are known as a lame-duck session because if the General Assembly convened during that period of time, some members would be able to vote on legislation despite the fact that their successors have already been elected.