Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

In an event as bipartisan as they come, House and Senate leaders gathered in the Rotunda Wednesday for the yearly Capitol All Stars Bat Grab, which allows winning captains to select two players of their choice for the annual Capitol All Stars Game in September.


Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), captains of the Youse team, selected Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), after Scarnati won the bat grab competition against Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

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 addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers brace for fresh statute of limitations fight

Lawmakers brace for fresh statute of limitations fight

A debate is again brewing in the Capitol over how best to provide recourse for the thousands of Pennsylvanians who are survivors of child sex abuse.

And the fight could resume next week, as a two-bill package authored by Rep Mark Rozzi (D-Bucks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), both victims of sex abuse, is slated to be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee Monday. A final vote in the House could come as early as the middle of next week.
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Turzai, Scarnati hold top positions as members sworn in on New Year's

Turzai, Scarnati hold top positions as members sworn in on New Year's

The 228 members of the House and Senate who stood for election in November were sworn into office New Year's Day.

Altogether, 50 new members of the General Assembly, including 43 representatives and seven senators, were sworn in, or nearly 20 percent of the total number of lawmakers.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
Scarnati drops opposition to seating Williams on swearing in day, but keeps her residency an open question

Scarnati drops opposition to seating Williams on swearing in day, but keeps her residency an open question

A top Senate Republican said in a statement Friday he was dropping his opposition to the seating of a Democratic Senator-elect, having previously questioned the residency requirement.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said in a release that he recommends his caucus seat Lindsey Williams as the elected Senator of the north Pittsburgh suburban 38th District. However, he left open reexamining her residency if new documentation emerged.

Williams, a teachers’ union official, defeated Jeremy Shaffer, a local township commissioner, for the seat formerly held by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny). Shaffer bested Vulakovich in the May primary. Williams went on to win the general by 800 votes.
Friday, December 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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