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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Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

After months of hearings, negotiations, rallies and maneuvering, redistricting reform has passed the Pennsylvania Senate — but with additional language that has upturned the debate.

SB 22 was moved to the House by a 35-14 vote today. Only two Democrats — Sen. Lisa Boscola (Northampton) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (Chester) voted for the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

By a 31-18 vote, the Senate today passed an amendment to have appeals court members elected by district instead of at large by the state.


Under the new language, the General Assembly would pass enabling legislation to set up the transition from the current maps — or lack thereof — and into districts for judges.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

In addressing the state press club Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) showed an two month turnaround in attitude among legislative leadership.

While he echoed Republican colleagues in a scathing denouncement of the state Supreme Court, he also shared a reluctant acknowledgment of the need to reform redistricting.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

With a little more than two months left to pass a bill and start the long, winding road to a constitutional amendment, Senate leadership now appears fully in on passing a bill to change how the state conducts redistricting.

“We want to be done by June, before we leave,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said yesterday, adding: “It won’t be exactly Senate Bill 22 — we will amend it, I'm sure — but we’ll definitely keep the same spirit and same direction that SB 22 goes in, making an independent commission.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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