House to continue with traditional prayer after court rules they can turn away nontheists

House to continue with traditional prayer after court rules they can turn away nontheists

The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says the chamber will resume its practice of inviting outside guests to lead the chamber in prayer when lawmakers return in October, following a court ruling that said the House may turn away nontheists who wish to give the opening invocation.

 

In a statement announcing the move, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that an injunction against the House has been lifted, allowing the 203-member body to invite guest chaplains to deliver the prayer that precedes each legislative session. 

Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Grand jury recommendations receive mixed response from state lawmakers after sexual assault probe

Grand jury recommendations receive mixed response from state lawmakers after sexual assault probe

Following a sexual assault investigation into a former state representative, a Dauphin County grand jury wants the Pennsylvania General Assembly to create an independent office dedicated to reviewing misconduct claims against members.

 

But the recommendations have not received universal support among state lawmakers, as Democrats and Republicans appear to be at odds on how to move forward. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Congressman Dwight Evans preaches bipartisanship at press club luncheon

Congressman Dwight Evans preaches bipartisanship at press club luncheon

Congressman Dwight Evans, a Philadelphia Democrat who spent over 30 years in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, returned to Harrisburg on Monday preaching bipartisanship and cooperation at the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

Evans, a former House Appropriations Chair in the state legislature, used the forum to reflect on lessons learned in the state House that he carried with him to Washington, D.C. Among them, communication and a willingness to reach across the aisle.

Monday, August 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

It was a rare New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony to start the 203rd session of the Pennsylvania legislature. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Delaware River, representatives and senators joined in Harrisburg and vowed to uphold the laws and serve their constituents.

For some, it was the first day of a new job. Others returned for another term of elected service. Many shared the afternoon’s proceedings on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Author: Anonym
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DiGirolamo amendment could put speed bump in reducing size of General Assembly

DiGirolamo amendment could put speed bump in reducing size of General Assembly

An amendment sponsored by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) adopted Monday night to the House Bill 153 could put a speed bump in reducing the size of the General Assembly.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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