With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications

With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications

Tuesday marked the last hurrah for straight-party voting in the state, with the option to vote for every candidate of a single party via the push of a button set to disappear next spring after Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a significant overhaul of the state’s election system.

The provision was a key bargaining chip for Republicans in potentially reforming the state’s election system. The first attempt at ending straight-ticket voting was met with Wolf’s veto pen over the summer, however, with the governor citing potential effects on voter turnout.
Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

House Democratic Policy Committee members met Friday in Havertown to learn more about the state’s options with the regional greenhouse gas initiative Governor Tom Wolf (D) committed to last month.
 
Pennsylvania will join nine others, including three neighboring states, in placing a cap on carbon dioxide emissions and inducing power plants to purchase allowances based upon their emission levels through a common market. Wolf announced an executive order October 3 to enter the “cap-and-trade” program.
Friday, November 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Wolf signs sweeping election reform bill into law

Wolf signs sweeping election reform bill into law

First the first time in decades, Pennsylvania will see a comprehensive revamp of its election laws, a move that comes with over $90 million in aid to help county governments purchase new election machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

 

Legislation was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday that would overhaul the state’s election code — allowing voters to vote by mail, turn in absentee ballots later and register to vote closer to election day. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been removed from the statutorily required review of SCI Retreat’s closure after offhand comments at a public hearing on the matter sparked a firestorm that involved three Democrats calling for him to be fired from his post.

J.J. Abbott, press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, confirmed that Wetzel will no longer be a part of the review process required under Act 133. In an effort to reboot the process, Wolf is also calling for additional public hearings to be held on the matter as part of a more thorough probe.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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