Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

The House Appropriations Committee moved to approve $90 million in bonding Wednesday night to help counties underwrite the costs of new voting machines, ending a protracted string of negotiations on the issue.

The Department of State last year issued a mandate requiring counties to purchase new election equipment, citing security concerns ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Gov. Tom Wolf asked for $75 million over five years to help local governments with those costs but Republicans removed that funding from the budget, in part as a rebuke of the Wolf administration’s edict.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Ever since updated revenue figures showing a positive balance were released this spring, Pennsylvania lawmakers have been clamoring to put as much of the state surplus as they can into the Rainy Day Fund. 

The fund, which serves as a state coffer for economic downturns and emergencies, has one of the lowest totals in the country, leaving Pennsylvania vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or recession. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions

Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions

Community members and officials joined members of Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention Wednesday to address the increase of shootings in the city, just as the hotter weather – which is often linked with crime surges – begins.
 
Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (D-District 2) called this hearing last week, following a violent weekend that saw 18 shootings across Philadelphia. One week after his district saw seven shot and one killed at a park in Southwest Philadelphia, two separate shootings on Point Breeze Avenue took two more lives. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor

Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor

In what Democrats called an “unprecedented” move, Senate Republicans Wednesday elected to abruptly halt amendments and pass a bill ending cash assistance for poor or disabled Pennsylvanians.

In a chaotic flurry of activity, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) took over as presiding officer from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, as Republicans moved to dispense with a half dozen Democratic amendments and vote on the bill.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Lawmakers share milkshake "cheers" for the passage of 13 AG bills

Lawmakers share milkshake "cheers" for the passage of 13 AG bills

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate joined in the Rotunda to have a Pennsylvania Farm Show milkshake "cheers" to a package of 13 agricultural bills aimed at helping support Pennsylvania's farmers.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) kicked off the press conference and highlighted what the legislature has done to help push these bills forward. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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