PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

In a split five-to-two decision Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Commonwealth’s 2011 Congressional map "plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

 

In so doing, the court enjoined the use of the map for the 2018 congressional mid-term election, including the upcoming May 15, 2018 primary.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
In light of Commonwealth Court recommendations and mounting costs, Senate Republican leaders urge League of Women Voters to drop redistricting lawsuit

In light of Commonwealth Court recommendations and mounting costs, Senate Republican leaders urge League of Women Voters to drop redistricting lawsuit

With Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson recommending to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that the state’s congressional districts are constitutional, and legal costs in the ongoing redistricting lawsuit now reaching over $1 million, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) issued a statement Tuesday urging the lead plaintiff’s in the case, the League of Women Voters, to drop the lawsuit to allow for real reform to take place.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

After days of speculation and one cancelled vote in committee as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced Wednesday that Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) has resigned as a member of the Senate Education Committee and is being replaced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

With the Senate Education Committee expecting a change in membership, the committee declined to take up a previously scheduled vote on Senate Bill 2 Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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
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