Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

In light of statewide strikes happening nationally — as well as three years of labor turmoil at a school district in northeastern Pa. — Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) held a public hearing on teachers' unions collective bargaining Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 18, 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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Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

The House passed one bill that drew fiery opposition and another that won nearly the entire chamber's support during session Monday.

The former, a bill to ban abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, touched on a partisan wedge issue. The latter, having high school students take a civics test at some point before graduation, was a far easier sell.

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill to put SNAP work requirements in the hands of General Assembly passes House committee

Bill to put SNAP work requirements in the hands of General Assembly passes House committee

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), HB 1659 requires the Department of Human Services seek approval from the General Assembly before asking for a work requirement waiver for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In Pennsylvania’s quest to change electoral process, open primaries have bipartisan champions

In Pennsylvania’s quest to change electoral process, open primaries have bipartisan champions

In front of a packed room of redistricting reformists on March 28, Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) brought up a fresh point in the contentious row over how to change Pennsylvania’s elections: open primaries.

Alloway’s suggestion came as he tried to make sense of Sen. Lisa Boscola’s (D-Northampton) bill, SB 22, to start a non-partisan redistricting commission.

Friday, April 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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