Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

In the span of a week, Pennsylvania moved a budget from the backrooms of the legislature to governor’s desk — where it was signed into law early this evening.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s $32.7 billion dollar budget with $560 million in increased spending and no new taxes Friday night after it passed both chambers in a whirlwind week.

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

In the collective memory of the Legislative Reference Bureau, June 21, 2018 will always stand out.

According to Vince Deliberato, who has worked at LRB since the ‘80s and is the current director, no one can remember a day that tops the 721 amendments that passed into the office Thursday.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $32.7 billion 2018-19 budget in what lawmakers hope will start a swift march to finish it ahead of the state’s traditional June 30 deadline.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he expected a final floor vote on the bill Wednesday before sending it to the Senate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

After months of hearings, negotiations, rallies and maneuvering, redistricting reform has passed the Pennsylvania Senate — but with additional language that has upturned the debate.

SB 22 was moved to the House by a 35-14 vote today. Only two Democrats — Sen. Lisa Boscola (Northampton) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (Chester) voted for the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

By a 31-18 vote, the Senate today passed an amendment to have appeals court members elected by district instead of at large by the state.


Under the new language, the General Assembly would pass enabling legislation to set up the transition from the current maps — or lack thereof — and into districts for judges.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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