Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Legislators led by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and other gun rights activists gathered in the Capitol Monday morning for the 12th annual rally to advocate for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The rally not only advocated for the Pennsylvania constitution’s Article 1, section 21 right to bear arms, but was used by legislators to lobby for certain bills that uphold or strengthen the activist’s belief in their rights. 

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
As REAL ID compliance effort advances in House, federalism issues come to light

As REAL ID compliance effort advances in House, federalism issues come to light

The House State Government Committee Monday moved along a Senate measure that would put Pennsylvania on the road toward compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, which requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

 

The debate, however, wrought out some Republican members’ strong belief in protecting Pennsylvania and its residents from federal encroachment and limiting the power of the governor to charge citizens for a federally mandated identification card.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

In a letter to House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) is asking the Chairman to move on a package of bills to create a “more open and equitable election process” in Pennsylvania government. 

In the letter, DeLuca called on Metcalfe to consider six election and government reform-related bills that have been referred to the committee, such as HB 945 which would give voters the opportunity to register at their polling place on Election Day by providing ID that includes a photo and permanent address.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
House committee hears testimony on integrity, security of Pennsylvania’s election process

House committee hears testimony on integrity, security of Pennsylvania’s election process

The House State Government Committee held a public hearing Tuesday to examine the integrity and security of the election process in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republican cadre calls for more transparency, fiscal responsibility in budget process

House Republican cadre calls for more transparency, fiscal responsibility in budget process

Saying they are hoping to “blow up the politics of old,” where a minority of Republicans joined with Democrats to pass major policy initiatives, even budgets, a group of some of the most conservative members of the House Republican caucus held a news conference Monday to call for more transparency within their caucus on the status of budget negotiations and for a more fiscally responsible budget than what is rumored to be in the works.

 

“The way that they’re trying to cobble this budget deal together, so that the governor can spend more than we’re taking in, is a violation of the values and principles so many of us have run on as Republicans and so many people have entrusted us to do once we get to Harrisburg,” said Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). 

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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