House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

Members of the House State Government Committee gathered in Harrisburg for the second straight Wednesday to further vet concepts outlined in hearings held earlier in the summer, this week focusing on a potential crackdown of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which some lawmakers have said is acting outside of their granted authority and causing ratepayers and businesses headaches in trying to deal with an additional regulatory structure within the basin’s territory.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Fair Districts PA—a self-proclaimed non-partisan coalition of citizens and advocacy organizations seeking the end of gerrymandered legislative districts—held a rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday in support of two pieces of legislation that would create a citizens commission to draw state and federal legislative districts in the next redistricting process following the 2020 census.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Military veterans and their spouses could benefit from bipartisan education bill

Military veterans and their spouses could benefit from bipartisan education bill

A bi-partisan bill recently introduced in the House that attempts to expedite the re-entry of military veterans’ spouses into the teaching workforce was the subject of a press conference Monday.

Monday, May 23, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Bill putting new regulations on abortion advances from committee

Bill putting new regulations on abortion advances from committee

Legislation that was only formally introduced on Friday that would put new regulations on abortion procedures in Pennsylvania was advanced from the House Health Committee Monday along a bipartisan 16-10 vote.

The bill, House Bill 1948, was introduced by Representatives Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria), and Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). It would provide for abortions to be limited at 20 weeks, instead of the current 24 weeks, and prohibit a form of abortion that provides for fetal dismemberment before termination.

Monday, April 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal pension reform bill Floor vote will likely be held off

Municipal pension reform bill Floor vote will likely be held off

While House Bill 316—a bill to substantially reform Pennsylvania’s more than 1,400 municipal pension plans—was moved out of the House State Government Committee Tuesday morning, its consideration on the House Floor will likely be held off until state public pension reform legislation is dealt with by the legislature.

House Bill 316 would require all municipalities to move newly-hired police and firefighters into a cash balance pension system.

“There are no immediate plans [to run the bill] at this particular moment,” said Steve Miskin spokesperson for the House Speaker and Majority Leader. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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