Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Friday, the Senate Education Committee scheduled a Tuesday vote on Senate Bill 2, controversial legislation providing for Education Savings Accounts, which some have likened to previous iterations of private school voucher law efforts.

 

However, since the meeting’s sunshining on Friday, an interesting wrinkle has given hope to a bill that was not able to advance out of committee when last considered due to a voting error: the potential that a current member of the committee who previously voted in the negative on the legislation might have their committee assignment changed.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

After Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s (R-Butler) outburst Tuesday over a touch on the arm from Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery) that led to the former questioning the sexuality of the latter, Democrats are calling for Metcalfe to resign as majority chairman of the House State Government  Committee.

As the majority chair of that committee, Metcalfe controls whether any civil rights legislation could reach the House floor, including HB 1410, written by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), which would provide workplace discrimination protections for LGBT individuals to state law.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Rotunda 1,250 lights brighter as the Wolfs light this year's Christmas tree

Capitol Rotunda 1,250 lights brighter as the Wolfs light this year's Christmas tree

Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife Frances joined DGS Sec. Curtis Topper and other dignitaries at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Capitol's Main Rotunda to light the 22-foot tall Douglas Fir.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Following Auditor General’s report, calls mount to end state control of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Following Auditor General’s report, calls mount to end state control of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently issued a scorching report of the management of the Philadelphia Parking Authority by its oversight board that he said allowed for an unchecked, irresponsible executive director and practices that led to the School District of Philadelphia missing out on nearly $78 million in funds from uncollected parking fines.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Wolf offers new state grant rules in response to Democratic convention audit

Wolf offers new state grant rules in response to Democratic convention audit

Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced new rules for spending state grants in light of an audit that showed little accountability for the spending of public money.
Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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