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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House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday used the bulk of its session day to crank through nearly three dozen amendments—many of which drew significant debate—filed to so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

 

The underlying legislation, Senate Bill 166 sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), would disallow the automatic collection of political action committee money from a unionized public employee’s paycheck, but allow the automatic collection of dues money potentially earmarked for political advocacy purposes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

The House Democratic Caucus this week unveiled what they are calling a “Plan for PA,” a legislative agenda they hope will get action in the coming months as legislators work on action in the interstitial period between the FY 2017-2018 budget and the FY 2018-2019 budget.

 

According to the caucus, the thrust of the four-pronged plan is a focus on solutions for working, middle-class Pennsylvanians that creates jobs, makes taxes fairer, and ensures a quality public education.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

The House State Government Committee took nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon considering, and ultimately passing along a party-line vote, two bills that seek to provide so-called “paycheck protection” by disallowing certain automatic deductions of political-related dues from public employee union paychecks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmaker wants Congress to reimburse PA pension funds for quantitative easing losses

House lawmaker wants Congress to reimburse PA pension funds for quantitative easing losses

Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) struck an incremental win in his fight to have the federal government reimburse what he believes are state and municipal pension funds losses due to the Federal Reserve’s policy of quantitative easing in response to the 2008 economic downturn spurred by the subprime mortgage crisis when the House State Government Committee passed a resolution seeking Congress to reimburse Pennsylvania for the losses.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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