Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town

Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town

Fresh off their respective vacations, Justin and Andrew are ready and raring to go. They break down the top issues on the agenda for this fall, including charter school reform, energy policy and gun control. In even bigger news, they also discover that iHeart Radio still exists. Like what you hear? Follow the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf Administration announces move to let voters apply for absentee ballots online

Wolf Administration announces move to let voters apply for absentee ballots online

Pennsylvania voters are set to be able to register online as part of a new initiative from the Wolf Administration that officials say will continue to make it easier for residents to vote.

Starting September 16, voters will be able to apply at http://votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee provided they have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID number. Voters will have until Ocober. 29 to request a ballot.
Monday, September 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Mastriano plans to introduce heartbeat bill

Mastriano plans to introduce heartbeat bill

Freshman Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin) was sworn into office in June and authored a cosponsor memo in July for a heartbeat bill. Mastriano plans to introduce the legislation when the Senate returns to session in the fall. His legislation will ban abortions if a physician determines that the fetus has a heartbeat. Mastriano has spoken with former state representative Rick Saccone who introduced similar legislation in a previous session. Saccone’s bill, House Bill 2315, was introduced in 2018 and referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it died.

Mastriano has obtained cosponsors for the bill and is working closely with Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton) who authored her cosponsor memo for similar legislation earlier this year. He said that currently, he is “ironing out details, strengthening the legislation, and building a coalition of support.”
Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Pa. redistricting report calls for independent citizens commission

Pa. redistricting report calls for independent citizens commission

A commission tasked with studying how to reform the drawing of congressional and legislative maps in Pennsylvania released its report on Thursday, which calls for a citizen-led commission to draw state maps, rather than the Legislative Reapportionment Commission that draws them now. 

The Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, which was formed through a 2018 executive order from Gov. Tom Wolf, surveyed close to 1,500 Pennsylvanians through public forums and online mediums, concluding that “as much as possible, citizens, not politicians, should hold the pen that draws and revises election maps.”
Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing

GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing

YORK, Pa. — Morally reprehensible, regressive, egregious — opponents to school property taxes in Pennsylvania on Tuesday were clear with their message to state lawmakers — they want the tax abolished. 
 
GOP lawmakers gathered Penn State York to explore proposals to eliminate local property taxes and supplant public school funding with another source. 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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