Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senate Republicans prepare ‘no-tax’ response to Wolf’s infrastructure plan

Senate Republicans prepare ‘no-tax’ response to Wolf’s infrastructure plan

As Gov. Tom Wolf continues touring the state to pitch the possibilities of his Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, Senate Republicans are readying a similar plan that looks to address many of the same issues without a tax on natural gas extraction. 

Instead, Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) want to remove Wolf’s 2015 moratorium on natural gas drilling on state forest land, which would allow the state to lease the land to drilling companies, resulting in new revenue. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

In Harrisburg, June is known  — sometimes infamously — as the month that bears the annual state budget. This year, some lawmakers are hoping to make reforms to the budgetary process to create a more transparent approach to the yearly negotiations.

Republican lawmakers in the House have put together a four-bill package that aims to provide the legislature with more oversight and information as they develop the budget. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf resists call from Republicans to send National Guard troops to border

Wolf resists call from Republicans to send National Guard troops to border

Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing back on a call from Republicans to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, labeling it a "stunt" in a radio interview and arguing the manpower is needed as the commonwealth enters its typically stormy summer months.

In a letter last week, five Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen sent a letter to Wolf urging him to support President Donald Trump’s plea for more manpower to help monitor the southern border.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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