House Democrats push gun reform bills in response to Parkland shooting

House Democrats push gun reform bills in response to Parkland shooting

The PA SAFE Caucus outlined legislation aimed at gun reform during a Wednesday press conference, exactly a month after the Parkland school shooting.


“It’s time to save lives through sensible gun regulation,” Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) , co-chair of the caucus, said.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Proposal to designate October as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” causes House Floor kerfuffle

Proposal to designate October as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” causes House Floor kerfuffle

A resolution sponsored by Rep. Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery) to designate October 2017 as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania drew derision on Tuesday not commonly leveled at designation resolutions on the House Floor.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As revenue projections hold, IFO sees continued weakness in sales tax growth

As revenue projections hold, IFO sees continued weakness in sales tax growth

Appearing before the House State Government Committee Wednesday to brief members on their current and legislatively proposed job functions, the Independent Fiscal Office reported that while their current year revenue projections are holding firm, there is continued weakness in sales tax growth that is ultimately adding to undermined General Fund revenue collections.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

As the Pennsylvania budget is due within the next several days, a group of advocates filled the main Capitol rotunda to call for a budget that is fair and creates new revenue sources for education, human services, and environmental protection.

The advocates are part of Pennsylvania’s Choice, a coalition that includes—among others—the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Keystone Progress, and Public Interest Law Center.

Currently, the legislature has proposed using cuts to state programs like the DEP and revenue sources like gambling and tobacco to try and close the deficit the Commonwealth is facing. 

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Rep. McCarter discusses changing the way charter schools are funded

VIDEO: Rep. McCarter discusses changing the way charter schools are funded

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. McCarter (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Sturla (D-Lancaster) discussed the need for a fair, reasonable and accountable cyber charter school reimbursement plan.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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