With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle

Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle

A perfect storm of grievances sunk the final remaining piece of the state budget Thursday evening, as the House voted down the School Code bill over what Democrats called broken promises, while Republicans expressed concern over a provision to alter the compulsory school.


By a vote of 77-121, a bipartisan group of lawmakers voted against the bill, which was unveiled in the Senate late last night.


Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

A wide-ranging Fiscal Code bill was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday, bringing the 2019-2020 budget one step closer to enactment.

The legislation, which helps outline specifics of the annual spending plan, passed the House and the Senate on Thursday, setting in place procedures that could affect environmental policy, energy costs, and the state’s preparedness for emergencies.
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Faith-based groups seek nondiscrimination exemption for adoptions

Faith-based groups seek nondiscrimination exemption for adoptions

Under a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services policy, faith-based adoption organizations participating in the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) are required to provide adoption services to people without consideration of religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

While the requirement was intended to root out discrimination from the adoption process, some Catholic advocates say it contradicts their beliefs and undermines their ability to put children into permanent homes.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

The House voted Tuesday to approve a $33.9 billion spending bill for the 2019-20 fiscal year despite the repeated objections of many Democrats, who pushed to turn the debate towards a raise to the state’s minimum wage.

Citing concerns ranging from eliminating the General Assistance program to the lack of a minimum wage increase to support for public education that didn’t go far enough, all-in-all, 62 members, including seven Republicans, voted not to support the budget. 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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