Gov. Wolf: “I think elementary school students have the sophistication to draw a fair map”

Gov. Wolf: “I think elementary school students have the sophistication to draw a fair map”

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday said he was still considering whether or not to submit a congressional map he considers fair to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as he and the other parties to the original League of Women Voters v. Commonwealth case face a February 15 deadline to submit their preferred maps to the court as they consider what map to approve to meet their satisfaction of constitutional favorability.

 

“I haven’t decided [on whether to submit a map]. As party to the litigation, I have standing to submit a map and, if I do, I’ll submit it by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow,” he said.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill

Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill

After nearly two full days of pre-Thanksgiving debate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered 23 of the nearly 400 amendments filed to House Bill 1401, legislation that would implement a volumetric natural gas tax in Pennsylvania.

 

With the House not returning to voting session until December 4, here is a look at the amendments approved by the House during the still ongoing second consideration process last week.

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

The House State Government Committee took nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon considering, and ultimately passing along a party-line vote, two bills that seek to provide so-called “paycheck protection” by disallowing certain automatic deductions of political-related dues from public employee union paychecks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committee advances bill to bring more teeth to state's lobbyist disclosure law

Senate committee advances bill to bring more teeth to state's lobbyist disclosure law

The Senate State Government Committee Monday advanced a House-passed piece of legislation that would bring more teeth to the state’s lobbyist disclosure law.
Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

The House Judiciary Committee this week voted on a resolution to begin the impeachment process relative to embattled Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese, who has been on a long-term paid suspension since last summer after sexual harassment allegations against him arose.

 

Should the impeachment move forward and be successful, it would be the first impeachment of an elected official in Pennsylvania since PA Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen was impeached in 1994.

 

However, it was not the move to impeach Sheriff Reese that drew debate from committee members, rather an amendment filed to the resolution to begin the process drew concern from a number of Democratic members.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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