Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

After dismissing the political wherewithal for nuclear subsides a month ago, Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) brought the idea back on the table Wednesday morning.

“I think we know need to begin having a conversation in this building in terms of a state solution and as a short term bridge,” Aument said following the meeting of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Controversial education savings account bill voted out of Senate committee

Controversial education savings account bill voted out of Senate committee

A bill to set up individual education spending accounts funded with money earmarked for public schools passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday.

By a 7-5 vote, the committee's Republicans reported SB 2 to the Senate, barring Sen. Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks) who sided with Democrats against it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting won its first vote in the General Assembly Tuesday to the applause of advocates packing the room.

A compromise amendment forged by Senate State Government Committee Chair Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and redistricting advocates led by Fair Districts PA was added onto SB 22, then passed by all members in attendance.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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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After three false starts, school choice proponents look for progress in Tuesday Senate Education vote

After three false starts, school choice proponents look for progress in Tuesday Senate Education vote

Over the weekend, a vote on a controversial bill to create education savings accounts for low income Pennsylvanians was added to a Senate Education Committee meeting set for Tuesday morning.

The bill, SB 2, is now on the committee calendar for the fourth time since last fall as Republicans have tried to rally votes.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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