Consideration of bill to reduce the size of state House of Representatives becomes redistricting reform proxy war

Consideration of bill to reduce the size of state House of Representatives becomes redistricting reform proxy war

During Tuesday’s consideration of House Bill 153—a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide whether to reduce the state House of Representatives to 151 members—Democrats on the House State Government Committee used the legislative process to offer an amendment to the bill that resulted in the waging of a proxy war over redistricting reform.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Folmer resolution urges Congress to protect gun rights of medical marijuana patients

Folmer resolution urges Congress to protect gun rights of medical marijuana patients

A resolution introduced this week by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) urges the U.S. Congress to take action to protect medical marijuana patients who are gun owners or who would like to be gun owners.

Thursday, January 4, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Proposal to designate October as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” causes House Floor kerfuffle

Proposal to designate October as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” causes House Floor kerfuffle

A resolution sponsored by Rep. Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery) to designate October 2017 as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania drew derision on Tuesday not commonly leveled at designation resolutions on the House Floor.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

A group of lawmakers in the state House of Representatives is looking to prioritize regulatory reform in Pennsylvania upon returning to voting session this coming fall.

 

After holding two public hearings on the issue earlier this summer, members of the House State Government Committee on Wednesday held a members-only informational meeting to discuss the previously submitted testimony and set a course of action for the committee to take on regulatory reform.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

A bill designed to delay the proposed consolidation of four human services related state agencies for up to a year passed along a narrow margin from the House Human Services Committee Wednesday.

 

However, the bill has an uncertain future as more specifics about the consolidation plan become known.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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