A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

As pressure continues to mount on the Senate to pass a bill to help survivors of child abuse, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said a deal was nearly in place


“We have almost all the components to a bill agreed to with a [victim’s compensation] fund,” Scarnati said. “We’re down to looking at what a window would look like. Attorneys are working, I’m working, we’re trying to come up with a compromise, something that Rep. [Mark] Rozzi will like.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

A bill meant to strip firearms from convicted domestic abusers advanced out of committee Monday, but details have Senators from both sides of the aisle questioning the bill despite a similar measure passing unanimously in spring.

Passed last week by a bipartisan 131-62 margin in the House, HB 2060 shortens the length of time from 60 days to 24 hours for a final PFA recipient to hand over their guns, while also removing a provision that allowed friends and family hold to hold the firearms for safekeeping.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Amendment to cut number of representatives advances to Senate floor

Amendment to cut number of representatives advances to Senate floor

A bill to slash the size of the state House of Representatives moved forward in the Senate Wednesday.

Rep. Jerry Knowles' (R-Schuylkill) HB 153, a constitutional amendment which would cut the House from 203 members to 151, passed the Senate State Government Committee with only one dissenting vote.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting won its first vote in the General Assembly Tuesday to the applause of advocates packing the room.

A compromise amendment forged by Senate State Government Committee Chair Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and redistricting advocates led by Fair Districts PA was added onto SB 22, then passed by all members in attendance.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In Pennsylvania’s quest to change electoral process, open primaries have bipartisan champions

In Pennsylvania’s quest to change electoral process, open primaries have bipartisan champions

In front of a packed room of redistricting reformists on March 28, Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) brought up a fresh point in the contentious row over how to change Pennsylvania’s elections: open primaries.

Alloway’s suggestion came as he tried to make sense of Sen. Lisa Boscola’s (D-Northampton) bill, SB 22, to start a non-partisan redistricting commission.

Friday, April 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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