Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government

Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government

Within the last month, two state legislators began the process of circulating a proposal that would create a limited state constitutional convention in the hopes of expediting state government reforms in Pennsylvania.

 

The identical proposals—currently sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) and Rep. Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland)—model their “limited convention” after the 1967 state constitutional convention that focused on government structure and reform.

Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf: “We needed to have that impasse, which was a catharsis”

Gov. Wolf: “We needed to have that impasse, which was a catharsis”

Gov. Tom Wolf made an in-studio appearance on KDKA 1020AM’s morning show Friday, where in discussing the FY 2015-2016 budget impasse, he said the impasse was necessary in order to bring all players into a reality “in terms of what the state should be doing.”

“We couldn’t keep going down that same road where the state was not coming up with the funding that we should at the state level,” he said. “We needed to have that impasse, which was a catharsis, to try to shake ourselves into some sense or reality in terms of what the state should be doing.”

Friday, May 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania enters new phase of criminal justice reform with JRI II

Pennsylvania enters new phase of criminal justice reform with JRI II

Following up on the success of the first rendition of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), Pennsylvania is now the only state in the nation to be selected to participate in the data-driven second part of the criminal justice reform program leaders from both parties in all three branches of government announced Thursday.

Thursday, February 18, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Vagueness concerns plague bill banning legislative nonprofits

Though it moved through the House State Government Committee overwhelmingly Tuesday, a bill that would codify a current House rule banning legislative nonprofits sparked concerns from some lawmakers that the language is too vague.

House Bill 14 has been introduced by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) as a means to codify the existing internal House rule that prohibits—according to a caucus bill summary—members from creating or maintaining a “nonprofit corporation or other entity whose primary purpose is to receive funds under the General Appropriations Act or another appropriations act at the discretion or by the reason of the influence of a member for the use at the direction or discretion of the member.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Per diem reform bills face tough challenge

Attempting to deliver on a campaign promise, freshman Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) has teamed up with veteran lawmaker Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to introduce a measure that would reform how state lawmakers are reimbursed for expenses while on legislative duty.

The pair recently introduced Senate Bill 335, which would change the flat-rate reimbursement for lawmakers who claim expenses while on legislative duty and instead require them to submit receipts for reimbursement of actual costs.

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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