Republican state legislative leaders file gerrymandering decision stay petition with US Supreme Court

Republican state legislative leaders file gerrymandering decision stay petition with US Supreme Court

Citing the lack of a final opinion from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to stay the enforcement of the decision in League of Women Voters v. Commonwealth.

Thursday, January 25, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

In a split five-to-two decision Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Commonwealth’s 2011 Congressional map "plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

 

In so doing, the court enjoined the use of the map for the 2018 congressional mid-term election, including the upcoming May 15, 2018 primary.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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In light of Commonwealth Court recommendations and mounting costs, Senate Republican leaders urge League of Women Voters to drop redistricting lawsuit

In light of Commonwealth Court recommendations and mounting costs, Senate Republican leaders urge League of Women Voters to drop redistricting lawsuit

With Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson recommending to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that the state’s congressional districts are constitutional, and legal costs in the ongoing redistricting lawsuit now reaching over $1 million, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) issued a statement Tuesday urging the lead plaintiff’s in the case, the League of Women Voters, to drop the lawsuit to allow for real reform to take place.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

After days of speculation and one cancelled vote in committee as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced Wednesday that Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) has resigned as a member of the Senate Education Committee and is being replaced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

With the Senate Education Committee expecting a change in membership, the committee declined to take up a previously scheduled vote on Senate Bill 2 Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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