Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

A twisty, turvy House floor debate finally ended this week when the chamber approved a bill to let magisterial judges run for reelection without filing signatures.

The debate also made for some odd ideological bedfellows over the course of two votes to suspend the rules, a constitutional question and ultimately its final passage which moved 128-65. 61 Democrats joined with 67 Republicans in support, while 17 Democrats joined with 48 Republicans opposed.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

Just five years ago, conversations about the Liberator — the small, one shot 3D-printed handgun whose plans were made available online in 2013 — would have mostly been confined to internet forums and social media.

But following the Defense Distributed settlement with the federal government June 29, which allowed the organization to post not just its plans for the Liberator online, but for also schematics for semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles, addressing the new reality of a printable arsenal is popping up in the halls of Harrisburg.

Thursday, August 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Lobbyists were banned, diversity reinforced and a three-year registration minimum added to the Senate’s prime redistricting bill Monday as it was prepared for a final vote by lawmakers.

The bill, SB 22, would set up a redistricting commission made up of eleven citizens who apply to the Department of State, are vetted, and then picked by majority and minority legislative leaders to draw Pennsylvania’s congressional and state legislative maps.

Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
House debates, passes bill to rewrite conventional drilling rules

House debates, passes bill to rewrite conventional drilling rules

Fewer regulations would be on the menu for parts of Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry under a bill that passed the House Tuesday.

HB 2154, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean), would follow up on 2012’s Act 13 by  reforming rules for conventional oil and gas wells, which are smaller and shallower compared to unconventional fracking wells.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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