Procedural issue keeps Senate-crafted school voucher bill in committee

Procedural issue keeps Senate-crafted school voucher bill in committee

While the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday seemed to have advanced legislation to establish a school-voucher like program in Pennsylvania aimed at helping to give students in low-achieving schools more school choice options, a late-filed proxy that was not counted in the original vote tally has kept the legislation in committee to be considered at a later date.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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A brief history of recent work on agency consolidations

A brief history of recent work on agency consolidations

As the House continues to mull over a suitable revenue package to cover the approved spending plan, two key components of Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal face a similarly tenuous road: the creation of a consolidated Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Department of Criminal Justice (DCJ). 

Thursday, August 24, 2017/Author: Andreas Dienner
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Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government

Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government

Within the last month, two state legislators began the process of circulating a proposal that would create a limited state constitutional convention in the hopes of expediting state government reforms in Pennsylvania.

 

The identical proposals—currently sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) and Rep. Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland)—model their “limited convention” after the 1967 state constitutional convention that focused on government structure and reform.

Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Senate Bill 248—legislation sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) that would criminalize the use of wild or exotic animals in travelling circuses—was held off for a scheduled committee vote Tuesday morning as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested more time to review the bill and questioned its premise.

 

According to Sen. Leach, the legislation is aimed at prohibiting the use of animals at travelling circuses and carnivals and not meant to impinge on standing zoos, even when they transport animals on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

In the battle to enact Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled this week that city council had no authority to pass the ordinance intended to offer paid sick leave to low-wage workers.

The holding also puts in jeopardy similar ordinances currently on the books in other areas of the commonwealth. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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