Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues remedial congressional map

Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues remedial congressional map

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday issued a remedial congressional map in accordance with the deadline set out in their January 22, 2018, order finding the 2011 congressional map unconstitutional.

 

The map, developed using the evidentiary record developed at the Commonwealth Court level and the maps submitted by parties to the League of Women Voters case; intervenors; and amici, was endorsed by four of the seven state supreme court judges and made with the assistance of special master Nathan Persily, a Stanford Law School professor used by other states in the drawing of legislative maps.

Monday, February 19, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday issued a long-anticipated decision in the case of William Penn School District v. Pa. Department of Education, and held that the question of whether the General Assembly and governor have met the constitutional mandate of providing “for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth” can be decided by the judiciary.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court rules transferring natural gas revenue earned on state land to General Fund is unconstitutional

PA Supreme Court rules transferring natural gas revenue earned on state land to General Fund is unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that royalties from oil and gas leases on state forest lands must be used for conservation of the state’s public natural resources, not used for general budget fund purposes.  


The four justices in the majority- Justice Christine Donohue, Debra McCloskey Todd, Kevin M. Dougherty, David N. Wecht- wrote an opinion stating that Article 1, Section 27 of the state constitution, known of as the Environmental Rights Amendment, does not give the state government a right to spend proceeds from the sale of publicly owned oil and gas for non-conservation purposes, even if they are generally used for the public good.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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PA Supreme Court vacates Veon’s BIG sentence

A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday vacated the entire sentence of one-time influential state Representative Mike Veon who was convicted in 2012 of offenses related to his operation of the non-profit Beaver Initiative for Growth (BIG), which existed largely due to grants of state funds.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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