Redistricting reform hopefuls push overhaul plan

Redistricting reform hopefuls push overhaul plan

A diverse and bipartisan group of legislators and advocates hoping to reform the redistricting process in Pennsylvania took to the Capitol Tuesday to urge other lawmakers to move along their plan, which would overhaul the process by which the Commonwealth’s congressional and state legislative districts are drawn.

 

There are companion bills in each chamber that would provide for the reform plan, House Bill 1835 sponsored by Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) is the House vehicle and Senate Bill 484 sponsored by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) is the Senate vehicle. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Lawmakers examine new education funding scheme

Lawmakers examine new education funding scheme

While House Bill 1552 sits on the Governor’s desk, the Education committee had a hearing regarding a new Basic Education Funding formula.

A new proposal, drafted by Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe), will look to implement new ideas to benefit schools burdened by hold harmless provisions even though the Basic Education Funding Commissions formula has only been around for one fiscal year.

Thursday, May 26, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
Reed: “We have to wait and see what the Senate does tomorrow” before House will take up budget bill

Reed: “We have to wait and see what the Senate does tomorrow” before House will take up budget bill

As the latest chapter in Pennsylvania’s 175-day long budget saga continued to unfold on the Tuesday before Christmas, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) gave pause to some optimistic the plan could land on the governor’s desk by Wednesday, saying the chamber will not call up the $30.788 billion budget bill without agreement on a pension and tax bill first.

“We’re waiting to hear form the Senate whether they have an agreement on pension with the administration and the House Democrats and we still have not seen a Tax Code bill to pay for that General Appropriations bill, so as soon as we see those products from the Senate, we are ready to move forward,” he said. “If the Senate’s prepared with those products ready to go and has agreement ready to go, as soon as they give them to us, we’re ready to go to.”

According to Rep. Reed, the rationale behind holding up the spending bill is that it would be unconstitutional for the governor so sign a spending plan that is out of balance.

“We can’t send a budget bill to the governor without the Tax Code bill to pay for it, the governor’s not legally able to sign that bill, so we do need that to be able to send the budget bill to the governor,” he explained. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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