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
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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
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Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Procedural issue keeps Senate-crafted school voucher bill in committee

Procedural issue keeps Senate-crafted school voucher bill in committee

While the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday seemed to have advanced legislation to establish a school-voucher like program in Pennsylvania aimed at helping to give students in low-achieving schools more school choice options, a late-filed proxy that was not counted in the original vote tally has kept the legislation in committee to be considered at a later date.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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