Abortion bill poised for Wolf veto

Abortion bill poised for Wolf veto

After a 121-70 vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday evening, Senate Bill 3—legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation and ban so-called “dismemberment abortions—is poised to head to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

 

The governor has vowed to veto the legislation.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As Wolf decides to hold Inspector General report on Stack, Senate begins movement of bill to change how Lieutenant Governor is elected

As Wolf decides to hold Inspector General report on Stack, Senate begins movement of bill to change how Lieutenant Governor is elected

The Senate State Government Committee Tuesday advanced legislation sponsored by Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) that would reform the way the Office of Lieutenant Governor is filled by making the position one chosen by a party’s candidate for governor to run as a ticket, as opposed to the current method of having the office independently elected.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf praises Western Pennsylvania school leaders and students for increased achievement

Gov. Wolf praises Western Pennsylvania school leaders and students for increased achievement

Governor Tom Wolf joined Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, senators and advocates to praise Pennsylvania school leaders and students after Western Pennsylvania schools ranked among the highest in the nation for increased achievement on 2017 Advanced Placement exams.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Friday, the Senate Education Committee scheduled a Tuesday vote on Senate Bill 2, controversial legislation providing for Education Savings Accounts, which some have likened to previous iterations of private school voucher law efforts.

 

However, since the meeting’s sunshining on Friday, an interesting wrinkle has given hope to a bill that was not able to advance out of committee when last considered due to a voting error: the potential that a current member of the committee who previously voted in the negative on the legislation might have their committee assignment changed.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

After Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s (R-Butler) outburst Tuesday over a touch on the arm from Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery) that led to the former questioning the sexuality of the latter, Democrats are calling for Metcalfe to resign as majority chairman of the House State Government  Committee.

As the majority chair of that committee, Metcalfe controls whether any civil rights legislation could reach the House floor, including HB 1410, written by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), which would provide workplace discrimination protections for LGBT individuals to state law.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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