House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

The House State Government Committee took nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon considering, and ultimately passing along a party-line vote, two bills that seek to provide so-called “paycheck protection” by disallowing certain automatic deductions of political-related dues from public employee union paychecks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committee advances bill to bring more teeth to state's lobbyist disclosure law

Senate committee advances bill to bring more teeth to state's lobbyist disclosure law

The Senate State Government Committee Monday advanced a House-passed piece of legislation that would bring more teeth to the state’s lobbyist disclosure law.
Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

The House Judiciary Committee this week voted on a resolution to begin the impeachment process relative to embattled Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese, who has been on a long-term paid suspension since last summer after sexual harassment allegations against him arose.

 

Should the impeachment move forward and be successful, it would be the first impeachment of an elected official in Pennsylvania since PA Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen was impeached in 1994.

 

However, it was not the move to impeach Sheriff Reese that drew debate from committee members, rather an amendment filed to the resolution to begin the process drew concern from a number of Democratic members.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Summer Session: Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)

Summer Session: Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) talked with The PLS Reporter for our "Summer Session" interview series. 

Rep. Cutler was happy to discuss what an average day in his district office looks like while he is off on what people call "summer break" from the Capitol in Harrisburg. He claims that even though the Capitol isn't in session, his days aren't any shorter at his office in Lancaster. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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PA takes first step in changing how appellate judges are selected

PA takes first step in changing how appellate judges are selected

Not without controversy, a constitutional amendment that would change how Pennsylvania’s appellate judges are selected took its first step Tuesday by clearing the House Judiciary Committee by a 16-11 vote.

House Bill 1336 by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) would create a merit selection system for members of Pennsylvania’s intermediate courts and supreme court, allowing a commission of 13 members appointed by the governor and members of the legislature to make recommendations to the governor as to who should become appellate judges when vacancies arise.

Under the bill, the commission would send three names to the governor, who would pick one to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate.

Rep. Cutler introduced similar legislation last session that was ultimately pulled from the committee’s agenda before it could be brought up for a vote.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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