Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term

Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term

With a warm, bipartisan tone referencing Pennsylvania’s long history at the center of America’s evolution and painting a picture of a Commonwealth on the comeback, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in for his second term, setting the table for a second term surrounded with question marks.

After running and winning his first term as a political outsider, Wolf asked for a slew of tax increases that were rebuffed by ranking Republicans, leading to drawn out budget battles.

However, the second half of the term was marked by bipartisan bills, including pension restructuring, a loosening of liquor sales and the state’s clean slate law.

“As [Senate Majority Leader Jake] Corman said, we’re not like Washington. We can work together here in Harrisburg,” Wolf said during his inaugural address. “We can get things done.”
Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Following wave of vacancies, House GOP chairmanships face shake up

Following wave of vacancies, House GOP chairmanships face shake up

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) was named new chief of the powerful House Judiciary Committee while Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will take over the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, two of the many shuffles needed to cover nine openings from retirements and electoral defeats in caucus committee leadership.

Kauffman had previously been chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee, while Metcalfe chaired State Government.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Ambitious new lawmakers looking to run their own committee for years may have their dreams dashed before they even hold a gavel.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) contemplated moving a House resolution he introduced in spring to limit senior members to three sessions at the head of individual committees.

In the co-sponsor memo from the time, which also announced a redistricting commission and open primaries, Reed said his proposed changes would not change who is eligible and due for a chair, but is instead aimed to continually shake up committees.
Friday, October 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

In light of the still-increasing, seemingly record 585 amendments filed on the General Assembly’s main redistricting bill, advocates and lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the bill would actually get a chance on the floor.

Part of the problem is the sheer quantity of filed amendments on SB 22, which passed the Senate two weeks ago with compromise language as well as a Republican-backed measure to elect statewide appellate judges by district.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

In the collective memory of the Legislative Reference Bureau, June 21, 2018 will always stand out.

According to Vince Deliberato, who has worked at LRB since the ‘80s and is the current director, no one can remember a day that tops the 721 amendments that passed into the office Thursday.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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