With more votes on the way, House committee advances five gun bills in party defying tallies

With more votes on the way, House committee advances five gun bills in party defying tallies

Lawmakers approved five bills to tamp down on gun violence Tuesday morning, with votes on four more bills scheduled for Wednesday.

The House Judiciary Committee held its long anticipated vote on gun and mental health laws, prompted after half a year of school shootings, advocate rallies, and public hearings agitating for action.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Reed to advance Senate redistricting bill unamended

Reed to advance Senate redistricting bill unamended

Redistricting will have its day in the House, according to Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana).


“We will probably kick it out in current form,” Reed said.

This story was updated at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $32.7 billion 2018-19 budget in what lawmakers hope will start a swift march to finish it ahead of the state’s traditional June 30 deadline.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he expected a final floor vote on the bill Wednesday before sending it to the Senate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Legislation to add procedures as to how public safety buildings are shuttered has worked its way through the General Assembly, and House State Government Committee focused on it at a hearing Monday.

SB 748, from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuykill), and its companion HB 1606 from Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming), would require 12-months’ written notice to local and state officials before a prison or state police building is closed down.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Debate to act now or build a case on capitol sexual harassment flares up on House floor

Debate to act now or build a case on capitol sexual harassment flares up on House floor

Testy floor debate Monday preceded the final passage of two House resolutions to study sexual harassment in the workplace.

The two resolutions, HR 828 and 829, will set up a task force to review harassment laws and also order the Joint State Government Commission to review harassment within the Capitol itself.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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