HARRISBURG – A bill aiming to reduce unused state office space as a way to curb costs has been passed unanimously in the Senate State Government Committee according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), the prime sponsor of the bill. Senate Bill 327 would require executive, independent, and state-affiliated agencies to report their space usage on an annual basis.
Over the past three decades, Pennsylvania has seen a 26% reduction in the number of state employees without any evidence of a corresponding reduction of office space. This bill would extend this initiative to all Commonwealth agencies.
“With the increased accountability that this bill brings, we expect to see a significant decrease in the amount of leased space by the Commonwealth and millions of dollars of taxpayer savings per year,” said Argall.