Saccone expresses disappointment after bill to reduce legislature size fails to be brought up for vote

Saccone expresses disappointment after bill to reduce legislature size fails to be brought up for vote

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) spoke with The PLS Reporter after House Bill 153 failed to be brought up. 

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill), reduces the size of the PA House of Representatives from 203 members to 151 members.

Saccone stated that the bill was amended in the Rules Committee to include the Senate which he believes will now kill the bill. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

Following up on a pledge to move government reform legislation, House leadership has set up an attempt to amend a previously referred Senate bill, SB 1034, with a new congressional redistricting plan.

Three amendments - two from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and one from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) are on the table.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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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Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Rep. Knowles left disappointed after bill to eliminate house seats goes without vote

Rep. Knowles left disappointed after bill to eliminate house seats goes without vote

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) shared his disappointment after the House of Representatives seemingly left for the summer without bringing up his bill, House Bill 153, which would reduce the number of seats in the House of Representatives from 203 to 151.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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