5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

The Senate signed off Wednesday night on major reforms to the state’s statute of limitations, an effort to better protect victims of sex abuse, and achieving in the process what many considered to be a Sisyphean effort.

After two sessions of coming up short in approving a two-year retroactive window for victims to sue their abusers, regardless of when the statute of limitations expired, lawmakers took a different tact this session, opting to create the window via an amendment to the state’s constitution.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

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 a lobbying gift ban to school choice, here are five bills to watch for the week of November 18.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing

GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing

YORK, Pa. — Morally reprehensible, regressive, egregious — opponents to school property taxes in Pennsylvania on Tuesday were clear with their message to state lawmakers — they want the tax abolished. 
 
GOP lawmakers gathered Penn State York to explore proposals to eliminate local property taxes and supplant public school funding with another source. 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address where inmates are counted in the drawing of legislative maps, regulations for the use of sewage sludge, and animal restrictions in Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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