Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

With the 2020 Census looming, lawmakers are still considering the prospect of whether to allocate state funding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s commission charged with getting the word out about the survey, which proponents argue could help fight against undercounting in the state.

But lawmakers expressed an array of concerns at a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on the matter Monday. They ranged from ruffled feathers over Wolf’s decision to unilaterally bond $90 million to fund voting machine replacement in the state to criticism over a lack of communication from the commission and worries the commission has not done enough to ensure it targets rural residents.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans joined in the East Wing Rotunda to push for the passage of a package of legislation that would help combat opioid addiction across the state. 

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) noted that last year over 4,000 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

After conducting more than 11 million internet speed tests across Pennsylvania, a prominent telecommunications researcher says that access to broadband internet in Pennsylvania is worse than publicly advertised.

 

Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications researcher at Pennsylvania State University, joined state lawmakers Tuesday to detail findings of a rural broadband internet study which found that data provided by the Federal Communications Commission paints an overly-optimistic picture of broadband access in Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Right 2 Know Episode 9: Sit down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill

Right 2 Know Episode 9: Sit down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) joins the podcast this week to talk about regulatory reform, rural broadband and the record number of women serving in the General Assembly. She also shares the best spots to visit in York County and her secret interest in archaeology. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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