House to continue with traditional prayer after court rules they can turn away nontheists

House to continue with traditional prayer after court rules they can turn away nontheists

The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says the chamber will resume its practice of inviting outside guests to lead the chamber in prayer when lawmakers return in October, following a court ruling that said the House may turn away nontheists who wish to give the opening invocation.

 

In a statement announcing the move, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that an injunction against the House has been lifted, allowing the 203-member body to invite guest chaplains to deliver the prayer that precedes each legislative session. 

Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 25: Sit down with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler

Right 2 Know Episode 25: Sit down with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler

With the General Assembly back in action for the fall session, Justin and Andrew catch up with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). They talk about his first year as leader, the recent announcement that Pennsylvania would join a regional cap-and-trade initiative and the feasibility of gun control this session. Like what you hear? You can find all episodes on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Wolf announces intention to join regional cap-and-trade program

Wolf announces intention to join regional cap-and-trade program

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday that the state will forge ahead with joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, despite pushback from Republicans who question whether Wolf can enter the multi-state emission-capping program without legislative approval.

 

Speaking at a Capitol press conference Thursday, Wolf outlined his directive to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to join the cap-and-trade program, also known as RGGI, which requires participating states to cap CO2 emissions at energy production plants.

Thursday, October 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
City Council expand protections for trans citizens

City Council expand protections for trans citizens

Philadelphia City Council passed three bills Thursday to bolster protections for transgender and gender non-conforming citizens. 
 
Councilmember Helen Gym (D-At Large) introduced the legislation in September, which includes plans for new gender-neutral bathrooms in city buildings, new policies for dealing with youth, and new definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation for discrimination purposes. These protections come as federal regulations are being weakened.
Thursday, October 3, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Rep. Russ Diamond, Lebanon County DA join fray to earn Republican nod in SD 48

Rep. Russ Diamond, Lebanon County DA join fray to earn Republican nod in SD 48

Nine candidates, including Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) and Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold, are confirmed to be seeking the GOP nomination for the central Pennsylvania Senate seat vacated by the resignation of former Sen. Mike Folmer last month.

Diamond announced his candidacy Wednesday morning and an additional four candidates have been confirmed as of this morning, Lebanon County Republican Party Chair Casey Arnold said. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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