Redistricting is back on House State Government agenda but legislators are still in search of agreement on the matter

Redistricting is back on House State Government agenda but legislators are still in search of agreement on the matter

With a packed crowd necessitating an overflow room in the Capitol, the first House hearing on redistricting reform in some time drew no shortage of interest Wednesday as lawmakers look to determine the optimal way to draw district lines, although a tangible compromise remains some distance out.

Interest in redistricting was virtually non-existent in the House State Government Committee under its previous chair, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). But that appears to be shifting under new leader Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), who convened the hearing to give members a sense of the landscape.
Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

On Monday, good government advocates took heart following a joint Senate and House hearing on election reforms with the hope that it might prompt action on the often thorny subject.

Two days later, the mood was decidedly different. Following the resignation of Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) after being charged with possession of child pornography, the powerful Senate State Government Committee will have new leadership as it wades into a series of high profile issues, including both voting reform and redistricting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders

Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders

While lawmakers have been focusing on reducing the number of non-violent offenders in prison, at least two House Republicans are pushing to heighten penalties on certain violent crimes in an effort to address what they say are two of the thorniest public safety threats to the commonwealth.

After a summer uptick in deadly gun violence across Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and other parts of the state, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has been vocal about the need for a bill creating extreme risk protection orders to temporarily remove guns from individuals deemed to be in crisis.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From manufacturing tax credits to volunteer fire departments, here are five bills to watch for the week of September 16.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town

Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town

Fresh off their respective vacations, Justin and Andrew are ready and raring to go. They break down the top issues on the agenda for this fall, including charter school reform, energy policy and gun control. In even bigger news, they also discover that iHeart Radio still exists. Like what you hear? Follow the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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