Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Fair Districts PA—a self-proclaimed non-partisan coalition of citizens and advocacy organizations seeking the end of gerrymandered legislative districts—held a rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday in support of two pieces of legislation that would create a citizens commission to draw state and federal legislative districts in the next redistricting process following the 2020 census.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

The House and Senate committees responsible for oversight of gaming-related legislation began the process Tuesday of examining much-discussed proposals to expand gaming in Pennsylvania and also fix the local share assessment paid by brick-and-mortar casinos to host municipalities that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found unconstitutional last year.

 

Tuesday’s joint hearing kicks off the start of considering comprehensive changes to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act that are under significant time constraints.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

Legislators, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ), and allies of the LGBTQ community stood together in the main rotunda to lobby for fair and non-discriminatory legislation on this issue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday divested itself of House Bill 414, legislation that contains significant reforms for municipal pension plans, and requested the legislation be sent back to the Senate Finance Committee where those hopeful of a comprehensive solution to the issue will renew their work to find a consensus product.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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