Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Rep. Knowles left disappointed after bill to eliminate house seats goes without vote

Rep. Knowles left disappointed after bill to eliminate house seats goes without vote

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) shared his disappointment after the House of Representatives seemingly left for the summer without bringing up his bill, House Bill 153, which would reduce the number of seats in the House of Representatives from 203 to 151.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators call on leaders to bring up bill to reduce the number of house seats

Legislators call on leaders to bring up bill to reduce the number of house seats

On Monday morning Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and a handful of other lawmakers called on legislative leaders to bring up House Bill 153 for a floor vote. 

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) and would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to reduce the number of seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 203 to 151.
Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

In light of the still-increasing, seemingly record 585 amendments filed on the General Assembly’s main redistricting bill, advocates and lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the bill would actually get a chance on the floor.

Part of the problem is the sheer quantity of filed amendments on SB 22, which passed the Senate two weeks ago with compromise language as well as a Republican-backed measure to elect statewide appellate judges by district.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Seventeen year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 while running away during a traffic stop.

Rose was unarmed, and as the video of the shooting circulated in the aftermath of the Woodland Hills High School senior’s death, his death sent shockwaves throughout Pittsburgh proper as Rose’s family and advocates demanded answers that officials couldn’t immediately provide.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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