As Wolf decides to hold Inspector General report on Stack, Senate begins movement of bill to change how Lieutenant Governor is elected

As Wolf decides to hold Inspector General report on Stack, Senate begins movement of bill to change how Lieutenant Governor is elected

The Senate State Government Committee Tuesday advanced legislation sponsored by Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) that would reform the way the Office of Lieutenant Governor is filled by making the position one chosen by a party’s candidate for governor to run as a ticket, as opposed to the current method of having the office independently elected.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

With the Senate Education Committee expecting a change in membership, the committee declined to take up a previously scheduled vote on Senate Bill 2 Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate advances compromise bill on UC funding “exit ramp” bill

Senate advances compromise bill on UC funding “exit ramp” bill

The Senate took the step Monday of advancing recently House-passed legislation that would provide an “exit ramp” for the end of state funding for unemployment compensation system technology upgrades.

 

The bill, House Bill 1915, is sponsored by House Labor and Industry Committee Majority Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and represents a compromise between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats that provides an exit strategy for the state to get out of funding technology upgrades while still ensuring enough funding to complete the ongoing project.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers push for package of bills aimed at curbing sexual harassment and assault

Lawmakers push for package of bills aimed at curbing sexual harassment and assault

A dozen lawmakers from both the House and the Senate representing both sides of the political aisle held a press conference Monday in a push to see movement on a package of bills they believe will curb sexual harassment and assault both within and outside the halls of the state Capitol.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Friday, the Senate Education Committee scheduled a Tuesday vote on Senate Bill 2, controversial legislation providing for Education Savings Accounts, which some have likened to previous iterations of private school voucher law efforts.

 

However, since the meeting’s sunshining on Friday, an interesting wrinkle has given hope to a bill that was not able to advance out of committee when last considered due to a voting error: the potential that a current member of the committee who previously voted in the negative on the legislation might have their committee assignment changed.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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