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
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Scarnati asks Williams for proof of residency ahead of swearing in

Scarnati asks Williams for proof of residency ahead of swearing in

A letter from the Senate’s highest ranking Republican laid out the process for a recent election winner to prove she meets the state’s residency requirement.

First reported by WESA, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, (R-Jefferson) sent a letter to Senator-elect Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) Thursday that asked Williams to provide a driver’s license, employment contracts, leases, tax documents and anything else to prove she was a resident of Pennsylvania in time for her to stand on the November 2018 ballot.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf creates commission to study redistricting, drawings cries of grandstanding from legislative Republicans

Wolf creates commission to study redistricting, drawings cries of grandstanding from legislative Republicans

With the wave of his pen, Gov. Tom Wolf stirred up the redistricting debate again in Pennsylvania, dormant since a last minute push to pass a constitutional amendment to create an independent commission failed.

By executive order, Wolf Thursday created the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, which, while it will have no official authority to draw new legislative lines, will conduct a fact-finding mission across the commonwealth to provide suggestions for a new system to draw the state’s legislative and congressional boundaries.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

A bipartisan group of General Assembly members, surrounded by cheering plant employees in a cramped Londonderry firehouse, released a report Thursday that called on their colleagues to take action and support the flagging nuclear power industry.

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), a co-chair of the Nuclear Energy Caucus, laid out high stakes if the industry, which produces 42 percent of the state’s electricity, was left to perish as energy prices plummet, at least partially because of competition from natural gas.

“We’re not talking about a bailout, we’re not talking about a subsidy, we’re talking about valuing each resource appropriately,” Aument said. “Basing long-term energy decisions on short-term price...I think that’s foolish.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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