House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

“Paid for by taxpayer dollars.”

 

If House Bill 355 sees as much success in the Senate as it did in the House this week, all advertisements for Pennsylvania charter schools would be barred from marketing their tuition and transportation as free, and would instead be required to note that their services are paid for by Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

A bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis cleared the House Tuesday, prompting cheers from abortion opponents. 15 Democrats joined an overwhelming majority of their Republican colleagues in supporting the controversial proposal.

But a first glance at the roll call vote on HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), belies its significance relative to the changing profile of the Democratic Caucus in the House. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

In the first step of what will likely continue to be a contentious debate, a House committee voted along party lines to approve a controversial bill that would prohibit abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion.  Proponents point to several European countries, most notable Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Controversy has erupted over a prayer that opened today’s House session which some lawmakers believe was offensive in light of the swearing-in of Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia), the first Muslim woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  

The prayer was given by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton), who drew the ire come of her colleagues after she described Jesus as the “only hope” in the prayer and thanked President Donald Trump for standing beside Israel. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are rolling out a bipartisan package of workforce development bills that aim to improve access, awareness and enrollment in career and technical education (CTE) across the state.

Known as #GoodJobs4PA, the initiative looks to provide resources to both students and career and technical centers in an effort to better prepare Pennsylvanians for workforce needs. The package, made up of bills sponsored by an array of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, would increase resources available to students, while also encouraging investment in career and technical centers. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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