Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Legislative leaders have, after months of stalled efforts and with fifty days to the election, started pushing big changes to state government.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Baer, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that during the run-up to sine die, he wants to prioritize congressional redistricting reform and shrinking the size of the state legislature before the November general election, perhaps even adding session days.

This follows up on Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) officially releasing his bill to open primaries last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - September 10, 2018

Tweets of the Week - September 10, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Commonwealth Court rules against last challenge, letting school funding suit to advance

Commonwealth Court rules against last challenge, letting school funding suit to advance

A lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school funding advanced once again over the objection of state lawmakers.

Late last year the state Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to hear the case, first filed in 2014. Despite challenges from both Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), the court denied preliminary objections in May 2018.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Turzai, organized labor come out in support of Peoples Gas partnership with PWSA

Turzai, organized labor come out in support of Peoples Gas partnership with PWSA

Peoples Natural Gas is finding support in high places for their gambit to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

Since the company announced its wish to build a water treatment site in O’Hara Township, Pittsburgh activists, lawmakers and the authority itself have held growing concern about the prospect of the partnership. 

Friday, August 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

More state funding leads to less tuition hikes for state-funded schools, right? It’s a logical thought, according to university students and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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