Cutler Votes No on Unconstitutional Pension Bill

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) released the following statement regarding his opposition to House Bill 2497, which falls short of Pennsylvania’s constitutional requirement that all legislation be limited to a single subject:


“While many of the pension reforms included in House Bill 2497 are noble, I cannot support legislation I know does not meet constitutional muster.  Clearly, the language creating the Independent Fiscal Office does not belong in a bill addressing public pensions, and the Legislature’s legal experts in the Legislative Reference Bureau have issued an advisory opinion to that effect.   No matter what provisions are included in the bill, if it does not correspond with the constitution I have sworn to uphold, it is my duty to vote no.  The Pennsylvania Constitution is our most important guide in crafting legislation, and we cannot do an end run around it to ram a bill through the process.


“Along with my concerns about the constitutional merits of the bill, I also have concerns regarding the cost of the Independent Fiscal Office the legislation would create.  The Commonwealth continues to struggle to balance its budget.  Before adding a new office requiring staff and additional resources, this proposal should be publicly vetted with hearings and input from the taxpayers.”


House Bill 2497 was approved by a vote of 165 to 31 and will be sent to the governor for his signature.


Rep. Bryan Cutler

100th District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

 (717) 786-4551

(717) 783-6424

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley or (717) 783-8063

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