State lawmakers renew effort to fund voting machines, pass election reforms

State lawmakers renew effort to fund voting machines, pass election reforms

State lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled an omnibus election reform bill that will be tethered to $90 million in county funding for voting machines, reviving an effort that was stopped by a veto from Governor Tom Wolf back in June.

 

The bill would resuscitate a number of reforms included in the since-vetoed Senate Bill 48 — namely, the elimination of the straight-party ballot option and a reduction in the number of ballots that counties are required to print per election. However, the new legislation would also create a variant of no-excuse absentee voting, which would allow any commonwealth resident to vote by mail.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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VIDEO: Kenyatta's legislation would bring relief to those affected by removal of General Assistance

VIDEO: Kenyatta's legislation would bring relief to those affected by removal of General Assistance

The General Assistance Program ended in Pennsylvania August 1, impacting over 11,000 Pennsylvanians. One legislator is working to help those who were effected and figure out a new way to give them financial assistance. 

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) introduced House Bill 1709 which would provide emergency relief to those who previously received support through the General Assistance program.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

As Democratic lawmakers continue to call for gun reforms, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week announced the committee’s fall schedule, promising a series of hearings on gun violence, the statute of limitations and the parole process in Pennsylvania.

After two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas earlier this month, Baker pledged to hold public hearings prior to taking action on gun-related measures. Those hearings will be held on September 24 and September 25 to address “behavioral health, Second Amendment rights and other gun-related issues,” according to a release from her office.
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Dems renew call for special session on gun control while key Republicans preach patience

Dems renew call for special session on gun control while key Republicans preach patience

Democrats again appealed to Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday to call a special session on gun control, following recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, as well as sustained gun violence in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.

At least one Republican has joined that call, with Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) telling The PLS Reporter Tuesday that she supported lawmakers returning early from their summer break to address the matter.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 dead and dozens more injured in Ohio and Texas, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon state lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation that would strengthen background checks and temporarily remove guns from the hands of those who are deemed dangerous by a court. 

Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in remembrance of the victims, but urged the General Assembly to find legislative solutions to gun access, poverty and mental health care.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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