House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority

House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority

The House voted to Tuesday to approve a bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, though the measure earned far less bipartisan support than a similar proposal did last year.

HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion. Proponents point to several European countries, most notably Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation

Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County is headed for premature retirement, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying from energy companies hoping to effect a legislative rescue.

As lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly grappled with bills that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio to subsidize nuclear plants, nuclear energy companies greatly intensified their lobbying efforts in what was a likely attempt to get the legislation across the finish line. 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

Listing your apartment, condo or house on Airbnb? Legislators are trying to ensure that you’re paying your fair share of local taxes.

At a time when more and more property owners are listing their homes on short-term rental websites like Airbnb or Vrbo, lawmakers in Harrisburg are again considering legislation requiring them to register with their municipality.

Authored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), HB 787 would create a so-called registry for those listing on sites such as Airbnb, allowing local and state agencies to more easily track the listings and collect taxes which hotels and inns are required to pay.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill which would speed up the timeline for landlords to carry out the eviction of their tenants, despite concerns that the measure might be unconstitutional.

Authored by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee on a party-line vote, HB 71 would require an order of possession be issued within two days of a tenant’s appeal window being exhausted if a judge sides with the landlord in an eviction case.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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VIDEO: Toohil and others push for legislation to help youths in foster care

VIDEO: Toohil and others push for legislation to help youths in foster care

Rep. Tara Toohil (R-Luzerne) and a handful of her colleagues joined members from the Juvenile Law Center and others to fight for Pennsylvania to become a national model for change by fixing the broken foster care system. 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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