Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

A hearing on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling got a little chippy Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to discredit testimony on the politically charged topic of public sector unions.

With the 5-4 June decision from the country’s highest court, unions representing government employees can no longer ask every workplace member for agency fees.

However, state law still allows for the charging of agency fees, whether involuntary or voluntarily, and Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) introduced her bill, HB 2571, to put the commonwealth in compliance with the new interpretation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Over one million Pennsylvanians have used online voter registration services

Over one million Pennsylvanians have used online voter registration services

Pennsylvania voters have had three years to register to vote online — and over one million have taken advantage of it.

According to the Department of State, 1,092,407 people have used the state’s online portal to either file new voter registrations or update existing registrations. About 60 percent are newly registered, while 40 percent changed registrations.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - August 27, 2018

Tweets of the Week - August 27, 2018

From the ongoing grand jury fallout to a Keystone guest at the funeral of statesman John McCain, check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, August 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Features
Federal judge strikes down House policy on who can offer opening prayer

Federal judge strikes down House policy on who can offer opening prayer

A Pennsylvania House policy mandating that any guest chaplain believe in a deity or a higher power was struck down in federal court this week.

The ruling, first reported by the Associated Press, invalidates the current interpretation of an existing a House rule — specifically, House Rule 17. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

With the breadth of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania now fully realized, eyes are turning to see how the General Assembly will respond this fall.

House leadership promised the day of the report’s release that a vote on SB 261, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) to indefinitely extend statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, would come this fall.

But Scarnati reiterated his opposition to a House-backed provision to let victims of childhood sexual abuse sue in civil court for damages Wednesday evening.

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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