Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

A newly drafted amendment to redistricting advocates’ main bill attempts to strike a compromise between legislators and reformers’ wildest dreams.

The new language, written after a week of intensive negotiations between the advocates — including Common Cause PA and Fair Districts PA — and Senate State Government Chair Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would give legislators some say in choosing the commission.

Sunday, May 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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PUC utility bill credit decision draws praise from GOP lawmakers

PUC utility bill credit decision draws praise from GOP lawmakers

The Pennsylvania Utility Commission ordered 17 state utility companies to pass rate credits — estimated at $324 million annually — on to their customers this week, due to the impact of the 2017 federal tax cuts.

Friday, May 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Federal judge rules $200 million in last year's budget unconstitutionally allocated

Federal judge rules $200 million in last year's budget unconstitutionally allocated

A federal judge overturned part of Pennsylvania’s 2017 budget compromise Thursday.

The decision, by federal Judge Christopher Conner, found that a transfer of $200 million into the General Fund from a state-funded organization meant to finance the purchase of malpractice insurance violated the constitutional right to due process.

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

The redistricting push is set to pick back up next week as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) is expected to introduce his redistricting bill, while the Senate plans to amend the prime redistricting bill pushed by advocates.

SB 22, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission modeled on California’s process. The bill has been heavily favored by an alliance of advocacy groups, including Fair Districts PA. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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What did well in primaries? Female candidates and anger at incumbents

What did well in primaries? Female candidates and anger at incumbents

The penchant of Pennsylvania’s primary voters for outsiders and women over sitting incumbents fueled the day’s state House outcomes, according to politicos.

Four legislative incumbents lost on an election day that also saw Republican gubernatorial candidates finish their race to out-outsider each other, and sitting Lt. Gov. Mike Stack losing his primary to tattooed progressive Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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