Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

In early May, 20 activists were arrested at the Capitol as they dropped banners and dollar bills with the word “bribe” inscribed on them to the House floor. The demonstrators, from the good government group March on Harrisburg, wanted to send legislators a message: pass a ban on gifts to state lawmakers.

Now, as policymakers are set to reconvene in Harrisburg for the start of the fall session, one House lawmaker hopes that a new gift restriction proposal will satisfy both lawmakers and activists.
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers are looking to roll support for counties purchasing new voting machines into a legislative rebuke of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to compel local governments to buy new machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

SB 48, authored by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), would bar the mass decertification of voting machines unless certain conditions are met. If the state does elect to proceed with replacing machines en masse, it must give the General Assembly advance notice so it can intervene if necessary.
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From 5G to budget reform, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 17.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

First adopted in 1937, the Pennsylvania Election Code requires polling locations to be illuminated with a lantern — or a proper substitute — to make sure voters are able to read ballot labels. State lawmakers point to that provision as a prime example of why the state needs to update its election code.

 

Fortunately, there is no shortage of proposals. The House State Government Committee reviewed close to 30 bills on Tuesday, and committee chairman Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said he sees a path forward for a bipartisan, omnibus election reform bill.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

After conducting more than 11 million internet speed tests across Pennsylvania, a prominent telecommunications researcher says that access to broadband internet in Pennsylvania is worse than publicly advertised.

 

Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications researcher at Pennsylvania State University, joined state lawmakers Tuesday to detail findings of a rural broadband internet study which found that data provided by the Federal Communications Commission paints an overly-optimistic picture of broadband access in Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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