Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) was joined by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to share their excitement for House Bill 2557 passage by the Senate. 

This bill updates the way municipalities exit Act 47 and enables the city of Harrisburg to continue to balance its budget. Kim stated that the governor has agreed to sign the bill and she is hoping to see it on his desk by the end of this week or next week. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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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
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School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

With the Janus ruling in the legislature’s rear-view window, a host of bills aimed at public sector unions have begun to float up from the General Assembly.

None have been formally introduced yet, but continue to circulate as co-sponsor memos. Some of the proposals, though, are already getting under the skin of the state’s labor leaders.

Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Subsidies for nuclear plants not politically viable, according to General Assembly’s nuclear caucus chair

Subsidies for nuclear plants not politically viable, according to General Assembly’s nuclear caucus chair

A bipartisan group of legislators from both chambers listened to nuclear energy executives give dire warnings on their industry Tuesday morning, although hard action addressing the matter seems far off.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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