Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House leaders push bill to let state take over ACA exchange, start reinsurance program

House leaders push bill to let state take over ACA exchange, start reinsurance program

House leaders from both parties are pushing a bill that would take over the state’s insurance exchange, currently operated by the federal government, and plunge the savings into creating a reinsurance program.

The House Insurance Committee unanimously approved HB 3, which was formally introduced only yesterday afternoon by Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration are pushing for an accelerated timeline to give state agencies more time to prepare.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House Republicans showcase steps forward in supporting crime victims

House Republicans showcase steps forward in supporting crime victims

House Republican members joined in the Main Rotunda Wednesday to show their support for victims of abuse. 

The chamber has passed more than a dozen bills this month that House Republican's claim are related to supporting crime victims and abuse survivors. The House also acted in some fashion on all of the recommendations from the grand jury investigation that looked into the sexual abuse that was taking place in the Catholic Church. House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler(R-Lancaster) stated that by the end of today's session, all four recommendations will have passed through the house. He could not speak on what the Senate would do next.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

A fight has been reignited in the Capitol over whether the state should end making general assistance cash payments to poor Pennsylvanians, after the program was reinstated in 2018 because of a technicality found by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 

House Republicans are seeking to once again end the cash assistance program, which pays out monthly stipends of approximately $205 to Pennsylvania citizens who have under $250 in countable resources. The program was eliminated in a 2012 bill signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett, but was reinstated when the state Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the Pennsylvania Constitution's single-subject rule.

Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative

Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative

Monday marked a historic day for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as the House of Representatives swore in Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) as the newest member of the chamber — and also the first Muslim woman in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 
 
Johnson-Harrell now represents the 190th legislative district, which covers a portion of Philadelphia. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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