Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Gov. Tom Wolf approved $90 million in bonds to help counties buy new voting machines Tuesday. This decision came days after he vetoed Senate Bill 48, which called for the funding along with some election reforms.
 
Introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), the bill would have ended the option of the “straight party ticket” vote and the state’s closed primary elections. Pennsylvania remains one of seven states that allow voters to cast a whole ballot by pushing one button.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Seven domestic violence bills advance through Senate

Seven domestic violence bills advance through Senate

All passed unanimously, with one ready for the governor's signature and the rest heading for the House

A bipartisan group of senators Tuesday announced their hopes for an upcoming vote on a package of seven bills that address domestic violence in Pennsylvania. All would go on to pass the Senate Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Sen. Corman: “The governor has chosen chaos”

Sen. Corman: “The governor has chosen chaos”

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said Thursday afternoon that Gov. Tom Wolf declined a GOP offer to work along bipartisan lines to seek an extension from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court while the two sides work together to draw an agreed-to map, though while keeping the 2011 congressional map in place for the upcoming 2018 mid-term election.

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican legislative leaders from the House and Senate responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday afternoon, saying the nearly $1 billion spending increase over last year’s enacted budget proposed by the governor is a non-starter in their respective chambers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

In the largest in a series of blows to legislative Republican leaders seeking to halt the need to draw a new congressional map prior to a Friday deadline set out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday denied the legislators’ request for a stay in the state supreme court order.

 

While the denial by Justice Alito gives the legislative leaders an ability to appeal to the entire US Supreme Court for a stay, that does contrast with the now five-day deadline the legislature faces to get a new constitutional map to Gov. Tom Wolf before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would step in to draw one.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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