With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

In light of the still-increasing, seemingly record 585 amendments filed on the General Assembly’s main redistricting bill, advocates and lawmakers have expressed skepticisms that the bill would actually get a chance on the floor.

Part of the problem is the sheer quantity of filed amendments on SB 22, which passed the Senate two weeks ago with compromise language as well as a Republican-backed measure to elected statewide appellate judges by district.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

In the span of a week, Pennsylvania moved a budget from the backrooms of the legislature to governor’s desk — where it was signed into law early this evening.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s $32.7 billion dollar budget with $560 million in increased spending and no new taxes Friday night after it passed both chambers in a whirlwind week.

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

In the collective memory of the Legislative Reference Bureau, June 21, 2018 will always stand out.

According to Vince Deliberato, who has worked at LRB since the ‘80s and is the current director, no one can remember a day that tops the 721 amendments that passed into the office Thursday.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he reached a settlement in the Tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement.

The settlement netted the state nearly $357 million. That money, however, had already been earmarked within the state's 2018-19 budget to cover long term care costs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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One vote margins define House Judiciary gun decisions on background checks, bump stock ban

One vote margins define House Judiciary gun decisions on background checks, bump stock ban

In round two of the House Judiciary Committee’s gun votes this week, two contentious, party-splitting decisions were each decided by a single vote.

A bump stock ban passed out of committee, but universal background checks failed to garner a majority.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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