Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

After months of hearings, negotiations, rallies and maneuvering, redistricting reform has passed the Pennsylvania Senate — but with additional language that has upturned the debate.

SB 22 was moved to the House by a 35-14 vote today. Only two Democrats — Sen. Lisa Boscola (Northampton) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (Chester) voted for the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, Treasurer outline plans to help students pay for higher education

Legislators, Treasurer outline plans to help students pay for higher education

The “Pennsylvania Promise Plan” is the idea that the commonwealth can cover free college tuition to resident Pennsylvania high school students.

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) introduced the plan in legislation last Monday. SB 1111, and its companion bill, House Bill 2444, comes after the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center released the layout of the plan back in January.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Amendment to cut number of representatives advances to Senate floor

Amendment to cut number of representatives advances to Senate floor

A bill to slash the size of the state House of Representatives moved forward in the Senate Wednesday.

Rep. Jerry Knowles' (R-Schuylkill) HB 153, a constitutional amendment which would cut the House from 203 members to 151, passed the Senate State Government Committee with only one dissenting vote.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale launches review to bring transparency to prescription drug pricing

DePasquale launches review to bring transparency to prescription drug pricing

On Wednesday morning Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference where he announced that he is launching a review that will bring transparency and accountability to prescription drug pricing in Pennsylvania. 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Sen. Leach remains skeptical of Turzai abortion bill being enacted

Sen. Leach remains skeptical of Turzai abortion bill being enacted

During Wednesday's Senate Judiciary meeting, legislation by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would amend the Abortion Control Act to prohibit the abortion of a child due solely on a possible diagnosis of Down Syndrome, was passed along a party-line vote. 

During the meeting there was questioning and debate mostly led by Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) who spoke with The PLS Reporter after the meeting and explained why he has doubts about the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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