PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative service agency.

02/24/2021
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Legislative Budget & Finance Committee

1) Election of LBFC Officers;
2) A Study of the Adequacy of Fees Charged for Pennsylvania’s Instant Check System;
3) An Evaluation of Department of Health Grants Funded Through the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund; and
4) A Study in Response to House Resolution 515 (2019): Community Mental Health Services)

The LBFC will hold a public meeting via Zoom on February 24, 2021 at 8:30 am.  The LBFC will address the election of off...
02/18/2021

The LBFC will hold a public meeting via Zoom on February 24, 2021 at 8:30 am. The LBFC will address the election of officers as well as the release of the following reports:
1. A Study of the Adequacy of Fees Charged for Pennsylvania's Instant Check System.
2. An Evaluation of Department of Health Grants Funded Through the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund.
3. A Study in Response to House Resolution 515 (2019): Community Mental Health Services.
The meeting will be held by the Committee both in-person in Hearing Room 1 NOB as well as via Zoom. The meeting will also be livestreamed at https://www.senatormensch.com/ and LBFC's page https://www.facebook.com/PA-Legislative-Budget-and-Finance-Committee-1970710849645558

02/11/2021

The LBFC will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day.

The latest LBFC newsletter is available here or can be accessed on the LBFC website.  http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Reso...
02/08/2021

The latest LBFC newsletter is available here or can be accessed on the LBFC website. http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/News/37/LBFC%20Newsletter%20Fall_Winter20-21%20Performance%20Report.pdf

01/14/2021
12/17/2020
12/01/2020

The December 2 meeting of the LBFC has been postponed.

11/25/2020
The LBFC will meet on December 2 to release two reports entitled: (1) A Study of the Adequacy of Fees Charged for Pennsy...
11/25/2020

The LBFC will meet on December 2 to release two reports entitled: (1) A Study of the Adequacy of Fees Charged for Pennsylvania’s Instant Check System and (2) An Evaluation of Department of Health Grants Funded Through the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Aware-ness Trust Fund. The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg and by Zoom. The meeting will also be available to view via livestream on the LBFC page.

11/23/2020
11/10/2020
10/09/2020

The LBFC will be closed on Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day.

10/07/2020
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PA Senate GOP

Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

Hearing to release two reports entitled: PA Health and Human Services Hotlines (House Resolution 507) and Financial Analysis of PA Game Commission (Act 107)

The Legislative Budget & Finance Committee will hold a public meeting on October 7, 2020 in Hearing Room 1 of the North ...
10/02/2020

The Legislative Budget & Finance Committee will hold a public meeting on October 7, 2020 in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg. The LBFC intends to release two reports entitled: Pennsylvania Health and Human Services Hotlines (HR 507 of 2019) and Financial Analysis of Pennsylvania Game Commission (Act 2019-107). NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and for the sake of public safety, the LBFC Committee meeting will also be held remotely via video conferencing and is open to the public by way of livestreaming the meeting to the LBFC's page and Senate Republican website.

09/29/2020
09/07/2020

The LBFC will be closed on September 7 for Labor Day.

07/24/2020
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The summer edition of the LBFC newsletter is now available at the LBFC website, linked here: http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/News/35/LBFC%20Newsletter%20Summer20.pdf

06/30/2020
The LBFC will hold a public meeting tomorrow, June 30 to release two reports entitled:  "PA ILEC Broadband Deployment Ma...
06/29/2020

The LBFC will hold a public meeting tomorrow, June 30 to release two reports entitled: "PA ILEC Broadband Deployment Mandates (SR 2019-48)" and "A Study in Response to Act 2019-20: Non-Economic Impacts of Single Use Container Bans/Fees." The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am via Zoom and will be livestreamed for the public here on the LBFC page.

06/29/2020
On May 4, the LBFC released its report “A Study of the Statutory Cap on the Pennsylvania State Police” that found there ...
05/07/2020

On May 4, the LBFC released its report “A Study of the Statutory Cap on the Pennsylvania State Police” that found there is a need for additional state troopers and made the following recommendations: 1) to expand and renovate the state trooper academy, 2) to address ongoing state police funding issues, and 3) to eliminate the statutory complement cap. A link to the full LBFC report ishttp://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/Reports/659.pdf
The LBFC also released its annual assessment “The Impact of Tavern Gaming on the Pennsylvania State Lottery.” The report finds that in 2019 among the 47 active tavern gaming establishments, tavern games generated $1.37 million in state and host municipality tax revenue, which has not had a material impact on the State Lottery. The full report is available here: http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/Reports/662.pdf
The LBFC meeting was held remotely via online video conferencing technology and was livestreamed on the Pennsylvania Senate website.

Please see the first LBFC newsletter.  You may access it directly through the link below or also via the LBFC website.  ...
04/16/2020

Please see the first LBFC newsletter. You may access it directly through the link below or also via the LBFC website. http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/News/32/LBFC-Newsletter-(COVID)-Spring2020.pdf

03/27/2020

General inquiries or questions may be made to the LBFC info email, at [email protected]

03/16/2020

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the LBFC is open but operating under a telework policy. If you need to reach an LBFC staff member, email is the best option at this point.

The LBFC is working on the following projects:• Act 2018-90:  An evaluation of the Department of Health funding under th...
03/06/2020

The LBFC is working on the following projects:
• Act 2018-90: An evaluation of the Department of Health funding under the organ donor trust fund
• Act 1995/1-17: A study of the adequacy of fees charged in Pennsylvania’s instant check system for firearms purchases
• SR105: A study of the statutory cap on the State Police complement
• Act 2019-107: A financial analysis of the PA Game Commission as part of the Sunday hunting legislation
• SR 48: An audit of the compliance of telecommunication carriers with PUC and high-speed broadband universal service deployment mandates
• Act 2019-20: A study of the environmental impact and any impact upon residents of this Commonwealth from any regulation impacting single-use plastics, reusable plastics, auxiliary containers, wrappings or polystyrene
• HR 507: A study analyzing the current Pennsylvania health and human services hotlines and their cost to the Commonwealth
• Act 2013-90: An annual report analyzing the impact of tavern gaming on the State Lottery

LBFC released its report “A Study of the Impact of Venue for Medical Professional Liability Actions” yesterday.  Staff h...
02/05/2020

LBFC released its report “A Study of the Impact of Venue for Medical Professional Liability Actions” yesterday. Staff had reviewed thousands of pages of documents and data points and concluded it was not possible to measure the specific effects of tort reform—let alone venue alone—on issues such as physician and hospital availability, hospital services, the number of medical malpractice filings, the value of medical malpractice payments, or case duration. The study does find that a change in venue, coupled with regionalization of hospital services, would likely create a less predictable market in the near term which may result in rate destabilization in adjusting to the new rule. Read the entire report athttp://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/Reports/656.pdf and read LBFC Deputy Executive Director Christopher Latta’s testimony here: http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/Presentations/658.pdf

LBFC will hold a public meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020, to hear staff findings regarding the SR 20 study of the imp...
01/30/2020

LBFC will hold a public meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020, to hear staff findings regarding the SR 20 study of the impact of venue for medical professional liability actions. The meeting will be at 11:30 am in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building.”

01/17/2020

LBFC offices will be closed Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

12/31/2019

The LBFC is closed
January 1, 2020.

12/23/2019
SR 105 of 2019 requires the LBFC to study the statutorily-imposed cap on the State Police complement.  Project Manager S...
12/17/2019

SR 105 of 2019 requires the LBFC to study the statutorily-imposed cap on the State Police complement. Project Manager Steve Fickes attended the graduation of the State Police’s 150th class of cadets.

11/28/2019

LBFC offices are closed November 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving.

11/08/2019

LBFC offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day.

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General information

The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative service agency consisting of 12 members of the General Assembly. As set forth in the LBFC's enabling legislation, Act 195 of 1959, as amended, 46 P.S. §§70.1-70.6, the Committee is to conduct studies and make recommendations aimed at eliminating unnecessary expenditures; promoting economy in the government of the Commonwealth; and assuring that state funds are being expended in accordance with legislative intent and law. To carry out these mandates, the LBFC is authorized to conduct a wide range of research activities pertaining to the operation and performance of state-funded programs and agencies. The Committee appoints an Executive Director who is responsible for the direction of the Committee's staff and activities. A Project Manager, who reports directly to the Executive Director, generally manages projects. The Project Manager, in turn, leads teams of Analyst staff. The LBFC’s staff includes persons with graduate degrees in public administration, business administration, law, and journalism. The staff's experience covers a wide range of topics, including among others: health and welfare, transportation, economic development and law enforcement.

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