5 bills to watch for the week of September 23

5 bills to watch for the week of September 23

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 local pre-emption of gun laws to "In God we Trust," here are five bills to watch for the week of September 23.
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Citing federal overreach, GOP lawmaker wants to give states the power to repeal federal policies

Citing federal overreach, GOP lawmaker wants to give states the power to repeal federal policies

Would giving states the ability to repeal federal policies restore state sovereignty and rein in government overreach? One state lawmaker thinks so and wants to give states the constitutional ability to rebuke the federal government.

 

Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson) is sponsoring a resolution that calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution with a “Countermand Amendment” that would give state legislatures the ability to repeal federal laws, executive orders, regulations and Supreme Court decisions.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Veteran employment, government spending and state countermand power

Did You Get The Memo? Veteran employment, government spending and state countermand power

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would provide tax deductions for businesses that hire veterans, place limits on a governor’s ability to spend over budgeted amounts and inquire about a constitutional convention to give state legislatures more power.
Friday, July 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax

Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would cap insulin prices in Pennsylvania, eliminate the state inheritance tax for children with disabilities and repeal the attorney general’s concurrent jurisdiction over firearms cases in Philadelphia.

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

First adopted in 1937, the Pennsylvania Election Code requires polling locations to be illuminated with a lantern — or a proper substitute — to make sure voters are able to read ballot labels. State lawmakers point to that provision as a prime example of why the state needs to update its election code.

 

Fortunately, there is no shortage of proposals. The House State Government Committee reviewed close to 30 bills on Tuesday, and committee chairman Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said he sees a path forward for a bipartisan, omnibus election reform bill.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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