House committee moves bill to lift 300-plus year-old Sunday hunting ban to floor

House committee moves bill to lift 300-plus year-old Sunday hunting ban to floor

Lawmakers moved one step closer Monday to eliminating the three-century-plus ban on Sunday hunting in the state, with a bill amended to protect against trespassing in an attempt to win the support of the state Farm Bureau.

After a contentious public hearing last month, lawmakers voted to advance the bill authored by Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) from the House Game and Fisheries Committee on a 21-4 vote. Rep. Toren Ecker (R-Adams), Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-Cumberland), Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga) and Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford) were the only members to vote in opposition.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

As the newly-formed House Government Oversight Committee reviews a 2018 lobbying disclosure law, one of Harrisburg’s top lobbying firms is seeking even more stringent reporting requirements for government affairs professionals.

The recommendation comes from Greenlee Partners, a prominent State Street lobbying firm that is urging policymakers to consider a policy that would track all lobbying expenses from the moment they begin, not just when they reach a certain threshold.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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HDPC discusses bolstering sexual education

HDPC discusses bolstering sexual education

Experts and advocates joined legislators in Philadelphia last Thursday to discuss reforming Pennsylvania’s inconsistent standards on sexual education in compulsory schools.  

The House Democratic Policy Committee hearing took place at Thomas Jefferson University’s Center City campus. Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) hosted in support of his House Bill 1586, which calls for “medically accurate and evidence-based” sex ed, creating guidelines for statewide instruction. Currently such curriculum varies district to district.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Candidates set for January special election to replace Folmer

Candidates set for January special election to replace Folmer

The candidates are set for the special election to replace former Sen. Mike Folmer, with Republicans backing Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold, while Democrats have tapped college professor Michael Schroeder.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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