5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

We get it, session weeks are busy. That's why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From career and technical education to voting machines, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 24.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 12: Sit down with Rep. Jeff Pyle

Right 2 Know Episode 12: Sit down with Rep. Jeff Pyle

Andrew and Justin are joined this week by the one and only Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong). We talk about the state of liquor policy, including potential updates to Act 39, with the Liquor Control Committee Chair. The discussion then turns to more important matters: the Pittsburgh Pirates, hot sausage and mattress racing. Like what you hear? Follow us on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play.
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers are looking to roll support for counties purchasing new voting machines into a legislative rebuke of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to compel local governments to buy new machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

SB 48, authored by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), would bar the mass decertification of voting machines unless certain conditions are met. If the state does elect to proceed with replacing machines en masse, it must give the General Assembly advance notice so it can intervene if necessary.
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

A House committee Tuesday approved a bill to clarify which law enforcement officers can carry guns in school, a measure which has quickly turned into a referendum on allowing armed police in schools at all.

SB 621, authored by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), passed the Senate last week on a 32-17 vote. It comes after some school districts pulled armed officers out of schools following the state Department of Education’s interpretation of Act 44 of 2018 that armed security guard were not allowable.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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