Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Ahead of the general election, state environmental groups released their rankings of Harrisburg lawmakers earlier this week based on their perception of green votes— and hinted at a bill they think might get pushed through ahead of November.

Ranked on a scale of zero to 100 — with 100 representing the most eco-conscious and 0 representing the least — the report card released by Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter and Clean Water Action gave both session and lifetime ratings to all 253 members of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale report cites $581 million in potential recreational marijuana revenue, but that doesn't mean lawmakers are biting

DePasquale report cites $581 million in potential recreational marijuana revenue, but that doesn't mean lawmakers are biting

Pennsylvania could be rolling in extra green if it was cool with selling green, according to the state’s fiscal watchdog.

A year after coming out in favor of legalizing it, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a special report that estimated the state could get an extra $581 million a year from regulating and taxing marijuana.

Friday, July 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Miles remain between General Assembly's redistricting options

Miles remain between General Assembly's redistricting options

Lawmakers have a month left to get redistricting out the doors of the Capitol and into the public eye to meet the state’s notice requirements for a Constitutional amendment.

In that time, they’ll need to find a way to turn three distinct bills into one reality.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting won its first vote in the General Assembly Tuesday to the applause of advocates packing the room.

A compromise amendment forged by Senate State Government Committee Chair Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and redistricting advocates led by Fair Districts PA was added onto SB 22, then passed by all members in attendance.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

The redistricting push is set to pick back up next week as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) is expected to introduce his redistricting bill, while the Senate plans to amend the prime redistricting bill pushed by advocates.

SB 22, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission modeled on California’s process. The bill has been heavily favored by an alliance of advocacy groups, including Fair Districts PA. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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