Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

The Senate State Government Committee on Monday unanimously advanced a vehicle bill for any redistricting plan that may or may not be agreed to in the coming days.

 

The positioning of the bill on Monday was said to be important due to the tight timeline given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the order they issued just a week ago giving the General Assembly until February 9, 2018, to get to the governor a new map based on the criteria used for the drawing of state legislative districts, in order to prevent the court from using a newly-appointed special master to draw a court-approved map based on non-partisan criteria.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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For the General Assembly, restructuring state government might start at home

For the General Assembly, restructuring state government might start at home

For the Pennsylvania General Assembly, restructuring state government might start with an internal look at its own operations.

Thursday, December 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court allows judicial retirement age ballot question to be considered in November

Commonwealth Court allows judicial retirement age ballot question to be considered in November

The Commonwealth Court Wednesday sided with Respondents Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) when it held that the General Assembly used the proper legislative means of delaying ballot question on raising the judicial retirement age from the originally planned April vote to the November General Election.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Dispute over purely public charities definitional ability continues

Dispute over purely public charities definitional ability continues

The inter-branch conflict over whether the courts or the legislature has the ability to define what enterprises constitute purely public charities continued Tuesday as Senate Bill 4—the constitutional amendment placing the definitional authority with the legislature—advanced through the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The legislation is not without conflict within the legislature itself.

As when the bill passed through the Senate Finance Committee last week, a number of members voted in opposition to the legislation under the logic that the change in definitional authority could have a detrimental impact on municipalities and their ability to tax businesses, an arguably critical source of revenue.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Inter-branch constitutional conflict puts municipalities, charities in state of uncertainty

A constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to define what organizations are institutions of purely public charity could put municipalities and currently designated charities in a state of uncertainty.

The amendment, currently in the form of Senate Bill 4, passed through the Senate Finance Committee Thursday morning with Democrats opposing the legislation. The constitutional amendment, which passed both chambers last session, would need to pass the General Assembly again this session in the same form before voters are given the final choice to amend the constitution.

Thursday, January 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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