With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve the latest run at creating an independent redistricting commission, despite acknowledgements from the bill’s authors that it would require alteration before going before the full body.

Spearheaded by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), the proposal would create a constitutional amendment empowering an 11-person commission to draw the state’s Congressional and General Assembly maps.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Republicans recoil from tepid Wolf stance on marijuana legalization

Republicans recoil from tepid Wolf stance on marijuana legalization

While taking questions from the public online this week, Gov. Tom Wolf added some daylight to his views on recreational marijuana.

The Democratic governor, who just won his reelection campaign, had historically been hesitant to back legalizing cannabis for non-medical use.

Thursday, December 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Funding questions take center stage ahead of voting machine switch

Funding questions take center stage ahead of voting machine switch

A top Senate Republican is preparing a bill to let the General Assembly take control of the timeline for Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to replace their voting machines, but action could run afoul of a newly-settled lawsuit.

In response to a plan from Gov. Tom Wolf released in April, Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-Columbia) is circulating a co-sponsor memo to delay the decertification of any state voting machines until Wolf and the legislature can agree on funding the estimated $125 million expense.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Ahead of the general election, state environmental groups released their rankings of Harrisburg lawmakers earlier this week based on their perception of green votes— and hinted at a bill they think might get pushed through ahead of November.

Ranked on a scale of zero to 100 — with 100 representing the most eco-conscious and 0 representing the least — the report card released by Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter and Clean Water Action gave both session and lifetime ratings to all 253 members of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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DePasquale report cites $581 million in potential recreational marijuana revenue, but that doesn't mean lawmakers are biting

DePasquale report cites $581 million in potential recreational marijuana revenue, but that doesn't mean lawmakers are biting

Pennsylvania could be rolling in extra green if it was cool with selling green, according to the state’s fiscal watchdog.

A year after coming out in favor of legalizing it, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a special report that estimated the state could get an extra $581 million a year from regulating and taxing marijuana.

Friday, July 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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