Yudichak to register as independent, caucus with GOP in blow to Democratic hopes of re-taking Senate

Yudichak to register as independent, caucus with GOP in blow to Democratic hopes of re-taking Senate

Sen. John Yudichak, a moderate lawmaker from Luzerne County, announced Tuesday he would be leaving the Democratic party and changing his registration to independent, leaving Democrats short an important seat in their fight to retain control of the upper chamber.

Yudichak, who will now be caucusing with Republicans, said in a letter that the decision came as a result of the increasingly partisan nature of the General Assembly. He won re-election for a third Senate term last year in a district that is becoming increasingly conservative, including parts of rural Luzerne and Carbon counties.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been removed from the statutorily required review of SCI Retreat’s closure after offhand comments at a public hearing on the matter sparked a firestorm that involved three Democrats calling for him to be fired from his post.

J.J. Abbott, press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, confirmed that Wetzel will no longer be a part of the review process required under Act 133. In an effort to reboot the process, Wolf is also calling for additional public hearings to be held on the matter as part of a more thorough probe.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Despite Wolf opposition, both chambers move forward moratoriums on closing White Haven, Polk centers

Despite Wolf opposition, both chambers move forward moratoriums on closing White Haven, Polk centers

Supporters of the White Haven and Polk state centers received a rare bit of good news Tuesday, as a last-ditch attempt to halt their closure gained committee approval despite a spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf saying he opposes the legislation.

Lawmakers from Venango and Luzerne counties, where Polk and White Haven are located respectively, vowed a legislative response after the Department of Human Services said in August that it would close the two facilities, citing the desire to transfer more patients to community-based care.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Polk and White Haven centers, prescription drug costs and Footloose

Did You Get The Memo? Polk and White Haven centers, prescription drug costs and Footloose

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would place a moratorium on the controversial closure of two state facilities, repeal a 1900s law relating to dance halls and direct the state to study the benefits of importing prescription drugs.
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week The PLS Reporter met with one legislator who is trying to get rid of the need to have a permit to have a lemonade stand, Rep. Elect David Rowe (R-Snyder) took over former Representative Fred Keller's seat, and Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled legislation to completely eliminate school property taxes. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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