Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 37: Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster)

We sit down with Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) on this week's podcast where we talk about his start in public office, things he's working on this session, and more!
Friday, March 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania started the process of complying with the federal REAL ID Act Wednesday with the Senate Communications and Technology Committee advancing legislation to repeal Act 38 of 2012 and asking the US Department of Homeland Security for another extension of time to allow Pennsylvania to develop a compliant identification card.

 

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would remove the statutory provisions establishing in law the minimum amount of paid sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to be granted to public school teachers and would instead subject such benefits to collective bargaining between each individual school district and teachers.

 

While the bill—Senate Bill 229—did advance to the full Senate for consideration, it did so with bipartisan opposition.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans, school groups double-down on call for Gov. Wolf to reconsider promised veto of LIFO bill

Republicans, school groups double-down on call for Gov. Wolf to reconsider promised veto of LIFO bill

Republicans in the General Assembly Thursday double-downed on their effort to try and get Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his promised veto of House Bill 805.

The bill, known as the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, would end the practice of seniority-based teacher layoffs and replace it with a method of using teacher evaluations to inform suspension, furlough, and reinstatement decisions.

Thursday, May 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate committee advances bills aimed at more transparent labor negotiations

Senate committee advances bills aimed at more transparent labor negotiations

The Senate State Government Committee Wednesday advanced three bills that—according to their sponsors—will bring increased transparency to collective bargaining sessions between labor and government entities.

Senate Bill 643 by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) would open up collective bargaining negotiation sessions between labor and government entities to the public.

Senate Bill 644 by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would require the Independent Fiscal Office to provide a cost estimate for the coming five years of any collective bargaining agreement and allows the IFO director the authority to try and collect cost information.

Senate Bill 645 by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) would require that any collective bargaining agreement be publicly posted by the state, local government, or school district entity two weeks prior to ratification to allow public input.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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