Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill which would speed up the timeline for landlords to carry out the eviction of their tenants, despite concerns that the measure might be unconstitutional.

Authored by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee on a party-line vote, HB 71 would require an order of possession be issued within two days of a tenant’s appeal window being exhausted if a judge sides with the landlord in an eviction case.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of May 13

5 bills to watch for the week of May 13

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 charter school reform to fracking, here are five bills to watch for the week of May 13.

Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

House Republicans were just two votes shy on Tuesday of sending a full package of regulatory reform bills over to the Senate for consideration, but GOP lawmakers still found success with the passage of four pieces of legislation that aim to restructure the state’s regulatory processes.

The House passed four bills from the GOP caucus #GovtDoneRight wish list with relative ease on Tuesday, but one bill eluded passage as some Republicans grew skeptical of the effects it could have across the state. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
E-scooters face speed bumps on the way to legalization

E-scooters face speed bumps on the way to legalization

Two representatives from across the state are hoping to legalize electric scooters on Pennsylvania roads, which would clear the way for scooter-sharing companies to occupy mobility markets.

 

Representatives Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) have sponsored a bill that would add low-speed electric scooters to the state’s Vehicle Code, permitting them to be used on roads and streets across the commonwealth. The bill was the subject of a public hearing Thursday, where members of the House Transportation Committee heard from stakeholders about the benefits and impacts of legalizing e-scooters.

Friday, April 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Testimony before the House Democratic Policy Committee Tuesday drove home one clear point: Bullying can no longer be considered just a part of growing up. It needs to be stopped.

Parents and experts spoke to state representatives in Germantown for over two hours. Stories of physical abuse, taunting, changing schools, and even suicide attempts mixed grief with anger. While many things may cause bullying, the anger it creates appears to be fomenting action from the legislature.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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