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
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Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

For the last several sessions, lawmakers in Pennsylvania have tried—but failed—to enact comprehensive reforms to the commonwealth’s charter school system.

 

Tuesday, that Sisyphean effort was restarted with the House Education Committee approving House Bill 97, vehicle legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) that he said was akin to legislation that nearly got across the finish line last session in the form of House Bill 530.

 

According to Rep. Reese—the House member whose name has been attached to charter school reform the last two legislative sessions—the bill is aimed at leveling the playing field between charter schools (both brick and mortar and cyber) and traditional public schools.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

The House Education Committee Monday unanimously approved House Bill 2381, legislation introduced by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would provide graduation requirement flexibility to students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) and eliminate the statutory requirement of the development of seven additional Keystone Exams.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sponsors, advocates urge support for water fee bill

Sponsors, advocates urge support for water fee bill

Soon-to-be-introduced legislation by Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) to place a fee on water use received support from lawmakers and advocates Monday morning.

Depending on the type of water withdrawn and its subsequent use, the fee would be either 1/100th of a cent or 1/10th of a cent and is estimated to be able to generate $245 million annually for Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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“Paycheck protection” legislation begins march through House

“Paycheck protection” legislation begins march through House

So-called “paycheck protection” legislation that passed the Senate in October began its way through the House Tuesday as the House State Government Committee sent Senate Bill 501 to the full House along a party-line vote.

According to committee Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), the legislation is on track to be considered by the House when they return to session in the first week of February.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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