Scarnati focuses on redistricting, safe schools and budget at Press Club luncheon

Scarnati focuses on redistricting, safe schools and budget at Press Club luncheon

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) was the featured guest at this month’s Press Club Luncheon. During his formal remarks Sen. Scarnati highlighted three key issues: redistricting, safe schools and the state budget, while also commenting on open primaries, regulatory reform, the natural gas industry and more.
Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

A newly drafted amendment to redistricting advocates’ main bill attempts to strike a compromise between legislators and reformers’ wildest dreams.

The new language, written after a week of intensive negotiations between the advocates — including Common Cause PA and Fair Districts PA — and Senate State Government Chair Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would give legislators some say in choosing the commission.

Sunday, May 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

The redistricting push is set to pick back up next week as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) is expected to introduce his redistricting bill, while the Senate plans to amend the prime redistricting bill pushed by advocates.

SB 22, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission modeled on California’s process. The bill has been heavily favored by an alliance of advocacy groups, including Fair Districts PA. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Keeping Up with the Neighbors: Maryland's gerrymandering saga

Keeping Up with the Neighbors: Maryland's gerrymandering saga

Editor's Note: This story is part of an ongoing series from The PLS Reporter that examines how neighboring states deal with similar issues in state government.

While Pennsylvania’s gerrymandering saga pitted Democrats against a Republican-engineered Congressional district map, in Maryland’s own gerrymandering fight, the script is flipped. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

In a memo from last week, outgoing House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) struck a reformist tone while pointing to votes to limit the size of the legislature and adding transparency to lobbying.

“There is still more which needs to be done, from improving government operations to bringing back faith in our system,” Reed wrote when presenting three new bill ideas to his colleagues.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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