Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Ambitious new lawmakers looking to run their own committee for years may have their dreams dashed before they even hold a gavel.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) contemplated moving a House resolution he introduced in spring to limit senior members to three sessions at the head of individual committee.

In the co-sponsor memo from the time, which also announced a redistricting commission and open primaries, Reed said his proposed changes would not change who is eligible and due for a chair, but is instead aimed to continually shake up committees.
Friday, October 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

Both House caucuses Thursday said their respective leadership teams have discussed chamber rule changes to create a standard policy on harassment, as a bill to change the law itself on Capitol complaints appeared stalled.

House Republican spokesperson Steve Miskin said that the changes around sexual harassment would apply to both staffers and members could be implemented soon.

“We’ve been in very strong discussion with Democratic leaders in changing House Rules and having a unified policy,” Miskin said.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform, after months of negotiations, maneuvering, postcards and lobbying, is nearly out of time as it stalls out in the House.

The hold-up clashes with part of the justification for the judicial language in the first place. But a Senate official pointed to House votes to justify why the change was needed for reform to pass at all.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he reached a settlement in the Tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement.

The settlement netted the state nearly $357 million. That money, however, had already been earmarked within the state's 2018-19 budget to cover long term care costs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Responding to a social media outburst from Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) has reintroduced nearly 90 bills from this session — hoping they get sent anywhere besides Metcalfe’s State Government Committee.

The list includes a number of so-called good government reforms, such as a gift ban, campaign finance reform and redistricting, as well as a bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination in private employment.

Monday, May 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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