Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Despite passing the Senate last week, a bill to halt the proposed closing of two state centers has been put on hold to the chagrin of lawmakers from the affected areas.

The bill was set to be considered in the House Health Committee last Wednesday but House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) appeared before the committee in an emotional meeting, requesting the bill be tabled until December.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval

Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval

The House Education Committee approved Monday a bill which would create vouchers for students in the struggling Harrisburg School District, despite criticism that district officials were not included in the process.

The consideration of HB 1800, authored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), comes just days after news that the district, which was placed in state receivership earlier this year, is facing a $2.6 million budget shortfall. It was approved out of committee on a 13-12 vote, with Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe) and Rep. Megan Schroeder (R-Bucks) joining Democrats in opposition.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From a lobbying gift ban to school choice, here are five bills to watch for the week of November 18.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House to continue with traditional prayer after court rules they can turn away nontheists

House to continue with traditional prayer after court rules they can turn away nontheists

The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says the chamber will resume its practice of inviting outside guests to lead the chamber in prayer when lawmakers return in October, following a court ruling that said the House may turn away nontheists who wish to give the opening invocation.

 

In a statement announcing the move, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that an injunction against the House has been lifted, allowing the 203-member body to invite guest chaplains to deliver the prayer that precedes each legislative session. 

Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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