Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would roll back PennDOT’s decision to allow gender-neutral licenses, restrict the use of PFAS-based firefighting foam and prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgeries for state prison inmates. 

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies.

The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus, while only two, including New Hampshire and its 400-plus member legislative body, elected more new women.

Altogether, the House and Senate added 14 new women, per numbers from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

State female politicos greeted the news with a mix of excitement for the gains and resolve, for Pennsylvania still sat in the bottom half for female representation, moving from 39th to 34th highest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Much ado about rules: Cutler tackles sexual harassment, amendment filibusters in rule changes

Much ado about rules: Cutler tackles sexual harassment, amendment filibusters in rule changes

Newly minted House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) pushed through a slew of rule changes on his first day as floor leader Jan. 1, the largest since the bipartisan rules reform commission just over a decade ago.

“If you’ve followed me in anyway, I tend to shoot big,” he said.

Among the changes include a revised policy on sexual harassment discipline for, a new committee with subpoena power over the executive branch, and a ban on so-called ghost amendments, a loophole which let members tack hundreds of amendments onto bills to effectively kill the legislation.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

The Pennsylvania General Assembly did the seemingly impossible this session — it passed a bill related to firearms.

"It had the word 'weapon,' it dealt with guns,” Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) said of HB 2060, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed in October. “In Pennsylvania, that's never supposed to happen."
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

After years of advocate energy and two bipartisan votes brought it to his desk, Friday evening Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill restructuring domestic abusers' access to firearms.

Previously, final PFA recipients had 60 days to hand over their firearms when required by a judge, and could hand them off to friends and family.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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