House Republicans gut and replace redistricting bill, drawing ire of reformers

House Republicans gut and replace redistricting bill, drawing ire of reformers

One hundred and ten cosponsors weren’t enough to get an independent redistricting bill onto the House floor intact.

Half a day after Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Northampton) announced a discharge resolution to kick his redistricting bill out of the House State Government Committee, Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 14 other House Republicans voted to completely rewrite HB 722 via amendment.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House Members discuss preventative measures against mass shootings

House Members discuss preventative measures against mass shootings

House members focused on bills about accessibility to mental health resources and arming teachers in schools during the House Judiciary Committee’s third day of gun policy public hearings Wednesday.

Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) supports expanding mental health resources, especially for those who may be a threat.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House Health approves two welfare reform measures, including work requirements for public medical insurance

House Health approves two welfare reform measures, including work requirements for public medical insurance

Another day, another ideological slugfest over a platform issue in an election year.

The House Health committee approved two bills, both reforming the state’s welfare system, Tuesday afternoon after more than two hours of debate among representatives. The votes also came a day after a partisan debate on Speaker of the House Mike Turzai's (R-Allegheny) bill to ban justifying an abortion with the diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Legislators and advocates call for better equal-pay law

Legislators and advocates call for better equal-pay law

Tuesday afternoon legislators and advocates held a rally in the Main Rotunda to ask for a successful equal-pay law. 
Women in Pennsylvania make on average 79 percent of what men make.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators stand against bullying with new bills

Legislators stand against bullying with new bills

On Tuesday afternoon Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) was joined by his colleagues in the legislature and advocates for a press conference with the goal of informing the public about bullying and hopefully putting an end to it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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