Election integrity officer residency requirements examined

Election integrity officer residency requirements examined

The current residency requirements for elected and appointed individuals responsible for ensuring the integrity of elections was discussed at a meeting of the House State Government Committee Tuesday, where members heard an operational overview and update briefing from Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017/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
Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

The House Education Committee next week is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2125, legislation purported to combat the so-called “ghost teacher” issue in Pennsylvania.

Sponsors of the legislation say the bill will also save taxpayer resources that can be used elsewhere in the classroom. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Second Amendment rally urges support for constitutional carry, PICS elimination legislation

Second Amendment rally urges support for constitutional carry, PICS elimination legislation

The Main rotunda was filled with red Tuesday morning during a bi-partisan rally to support the Second Amendment. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

A ray of hope broke through the proverbial clouds of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse Monday as a budget bill from the five-party framework agreement headed to the governor with the passage of the Public Welfare—now Human Services—Code bill.

Another budget bill, the Administrative Code, was sent back to the Senate for them to review changes made by the House.

However, as bills continue to chug along, questions are still lingering for members about questions concerning how the budget is going to be paid for, how budget dollars are going to be distributed to public schools, and even some of the procedure behind how the process will move forward.

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) was beside himself Monday morning as he emerged early from a closed-door House Republican caucus meeting, where he told a small gathering of reporters that leaders from his caucus are telling members that they’re going to have to accept the $30.8 billion spend number as part of the budget framework.

“We’re just going to accept a $1.2 billion tax increase,” he asked. “We’re not going to push back on it?”

Monday, December 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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