With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve the latest run at creating an independent redistricting commission, despite acknowledgements from the bill’s authors that it would require alteration before going before the full body.

Spearheaded by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), the proposal would create a constitutional amendment empowering an 11-person commission to draw the state’s Congressional and General Assembly maps.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Surrounded by labor union organizers, in Allegheny County Courthouse, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) with Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation intended to help workers unionize with greater ease on Thursday.

According to the legislation’s sponsors what’s being called the Workplace Freedom Act protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening bargaining. 
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Freshman Focus: Sen Lindsey Williams

Freshman Focus: Sen Lindsey Williams

Meet Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) from the 38th district. Find out what made her decide to run, what her goals are and more. 

Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Scarnati drops opposition to seating Williams on swearing in day, but keeps her residency an open question

Scarnati drops opposition to seating Williams on swearing in day, but keeps her residency an open question

A top Senate Republican said in a statement Friday he was dropping his opposition to the seating of a Democratic Senator-elect, having previously questioned the residency requirement.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said in a release that he recommends his caucus seat Lindsey Williams as the elected Senator of the north Pittsburgh suburban 38th District. However, he left open reexamining her residency if new documentation emerged.

Williams, a teachers’ union official, defeated Jeremy Shaffer, a local township commissioner, for the seat formerly held by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny). Shaffer bested Vulakovich in the May primary. Williams went on to win the general by 800 votes.
Friday, December 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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