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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Cancelled budget meeting blasted by House GOP leadership

Cancelled budget meeting blasted by House GOP leadership

Call it cancelled or postponed, Wednesday’s previously scheduled 1:00 p.m. meeting to discuss the state budget and the GOP offered pension-for-basic education funding proposal was nixed by Gov. Tom Wolf just hours before it was supposed to begin.

While Wolf spokesperson Jeff Sheridan in an email to The PLS Reporter said the meeting has been merely postponed, House GOP leaders speaking to the press Wednesday morning said the meeting was cancelled and not expected to be rescheduled anytime this week.

“Certainly, we’re a little bit concerned about that,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “The governor has had our proposal for a little over a week, it’s time to get a response to that proposal.”

Rep. Reed said that response could have come in any number of ways, even in the form of a counterproposal.

“The response could even be: ‘We’re not fully supportive of that pension proposal, we have some tweaks we want to make to it, we’re willing to change our education number accordingly’,” he said.

This represents a decided change in tone from last week's take-it-or-leave-it rhetoric by Republicans following the initial proffer of the plan.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House GOP veto override attempts fall short

A move by the House Republican Caucus to attempt to override certain line-items of Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a GOP-crafted, June-passed budget plan fell short Tuesday.

The caucus brought up line items related to funding rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, school food service, and other education, social service and human services line items.

While debates on the merits boiled down to Republicans urging support for the override votes to help get money to centers that are struggling to make ends meet during the budget impasse, Democrats argued the override attempts were unconstitutional and offers of necessary help were just a ploy.

“We will fight for additional funding for rape crisis centers to make sure they have adequate funding to do their job,” said House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) during the floor debate Tuesday. “We will not support an override of a veto…this is nothing but a scam and you know it. It’s a stunt and it’s about time you get called on it."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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