Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

With the 2020 Census looming, lawmakers are still considering the prospect of whether to allocate state funding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s commission charged with getting the word out about the survey, which proponents argue could help fight against undercounting in the state.

But lawmakers expressed an array of concerns at a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on the matter Monday. They ranged from ruffled feathers over Wolf’s decision to unilaterally bond $90 million to fund voting machine replacement in the state to criticism over a lack of communication from the commission and worries the commission has not done enough to ensure it targets rural residents.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers are looking to roll support for counties purchasing new voting machines into a legislative rebuke of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to compel local governments to buy new machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

SB 48, authored by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), would bar the mass decertification of voting machines unless certain conditions are met. If the state does elect to proceed with replacing machines en masse, it must give the General Assembly advance notice so it can intervene if necessary.
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Did You Get The Memo? Poverty, broadband and a cap-and-trade study

Did You Get The Memo? Poverty, broadband and a cap-and-trade study

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would address poverty across Pennsylvania, deploy small antennas for wireless broadband internet access and study the impacts a cap-and-trade program could have on Pennsylvania.

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms

Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms

Senate Republicans have expressed concerns regarding the re-nomination of Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and it is unclear whether there is enough support in the caucus to advance her candidacy by Monday’s deadline.

The Senate State Government Committee opted to move Boockvar’s nomination to the floor Tuesday without attaching a recommendation, a relatively rare step that members said was due to concerns within the majority caucus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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