Three state lawmakers to retire at end of current term

Three state lawmakers to retire at end of current term

In the span of about a week, three state lawmakers have announced that they will retire at the end of their current term, leaving their seats up for grabs at the end of 2020.

 

Representatives Steve Barrar (R-Delaware), Cris Dush (R-Jefferson) and Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery) have all announced that they will not seek reelection when their term ends in December 2020.

Monday, November 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules

House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules

House lawmakers used a rare procedural mechanism Tuesday to rebuke a sweeping change to the state’s overtime rules proposed by the Wolf Administration, which are set to go before a state commission for approval next month.

The final version of the changes to the state’s overtime guidelines, which the Department of Labor Industry announced earlier this month, would expand time-and-a-half pay to over 140,000 workers in the state.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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
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