Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

While the House Republican majority chain of command made an orderly shift upwards, the chamber’s Democratic power base moved from west to east Tuesday, following their 11 seat gain concentrated in the Philly suburbs.

For Republicans, in a long expected move, House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) replaced retiring Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) as the new floor leader for next session.

Then in two upsets, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) beat out Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) for Whip, while Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) defeated Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) for Appropriations Chair.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Ambitious new lawmakers looking to run their own committee for years may have their dreams dashed before they even hold a gavel.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) contemplated moving a House resolution he introduced in spring to limit senior members to three sessions at the head of individual committees.

In the co-sponsor memo from the time, which also announced a redistricting commission and open primaries, Reed said his proposed changes would not change who is eligible and due for a chair, but is instead aimed to continually shake up committees.
Friday, October 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

The Pennsylvania House voted to get rid of their own state vehicle leases Monday, with supporters claiming it would be more cost effective and protect the state from liability, following a summer of bad press around a lawmaker’s driving.

“We’re not doing anything that would warrant having specialized state-owned vehicles,” Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) said.

The bill, HB 482 sponsored by Roae, passed 140-44. Currently, 42 members of the General Assembly, including 27 members of the House, lease state vehicles. All leases in the House belong to Democrats, though members of the Senate GOP leadership also lease.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

In light of the still-increasing, seemingly record 585 amendments filed on the General Assembly’s main redistricting bill, advocates and lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the bill would actually get a chance on the floor.

Part of the problem is the sheer quantity of filed amendments on SB 22, which passed the Senate two weeks ago with compromise language as well as a Republican-backed measure to elect statewide appellate judges by district.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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