The House approved a measure, HB 1416, that requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide yearly financial reports for certain accounts.

The bill covers the Clean Water Fund, the Clean Air Fund, and the Solid Waste Abatement Fund. It would require the compilation and publication of financial information associated with the administration of those funds for submission to the governor and the General Assembly on an annual basis, according to a statement released by the House Republican Caucus. In addition, DEP must publish and maintain the financial report on its website.

"Right now, the law does not require DEP to provide financial information regarding these three funds," said Eli Evankovich, R-Westmoreland. "The only way the public can attain that information is through Freedom of Information requests. That's not good policy. We're striving to make state government more accountable and transparent and my legislation does just that."

House Bill 1416 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.