House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

Lawmakers from both parties voted Tuesday to approve bills designed to crack down on construction firms using unauthorized workers, including one that would require all of those companies to use the federal E-Verify database.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted to approve both measures, with the more controversial of the two authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh). That proposal would require construction firms to use E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s I-9 form against information provided to federal agencies. Those that do not could stand to use their state-issued license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Sen. Hughes proposes funding school repairs with surplus

Sen. Hughes proposes funding school repairs with surplus

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) plans to introduce two bills for repairs at “toxic schools” statewide.

His idea is to offer districts a share of $125 million to improve buildings, either through existing, unused funds or with a portion of the state’s existing surplus. Currently the state has over $800 million in surplus heading into the budget negotiations.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

First adopted in 1937, the Pennsylvania Election Code requires polling locations to be illuminated with a lantern — or a proper substitute — to make sure voters are able to read ballot labels. State lawmakers point to that provision as a prime example of why the state needs to update its election code.

 

Fortunately, there is no shortage of proposals. The House State Government Committee reviewed close to 30 bills on Tuesday, and committee chairman Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said he sees a path forward for a bipartisan, omnibus election reform bill.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Fetterman joins advocates to push for upping minimum wage in this year's budget

Fetterman joins advocates to push for upping minimum wage in this year's budget

On Tuesday afternoon multiple legislators stood along side Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and advocates to push for the legislature to pass a budget that would include minimum wage raises. 

Fetterman spoke on behalf of himself and Gov. Tom Wolf and stated, "we need $15 an hour for every working person here in Pennsylvania," adding, "there is no dignity in starvation wages." 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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