After committee vote, lawmakers now forced to pick path forward on reforming judicial elections

After committee vote, lawmakers now forced to pick path forward on reforming judicial elections

Lawmakers are at odds over the best path to reforming judicial elections, even as they voted to move two competing bills out of committee Tuesday.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the two bills, one authored by Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), the other by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon). 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of April 29

5 bills to watch for the week of April 29

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 school choice to a potential Airbnb registry, here are five bills to watch for the week of April 15.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Republicans bluntly critical of Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour

Republicans bluntly critical of Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour

Four Republican lawmakers have banded together to denounce the marijuana legalization listening tour hosted by Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman, calling it a “sham” ahead of a stop in Franklin County. 
 
Representatives John Hershey (R-Juniata), Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) released a joint statement questioning the motives behind Fetterman’s listening tour, and whether the lieutenant governor is really listening at all. 
Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

A House committee overwhelmingly voted to approve a two-bill package designed to strengthen the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse, despite concerns from some that a change in tactic is unlikely to produce desired reforms.

The bills, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), attempt to skirt past concerns with a proposed retroactive window, where victims of pedophilia could file suit against their accusers and the institutions that shielded them if the statute of limitations had already expired.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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