Legislators face short turnaround to meet redistricting timeline

Legislators face short turnaround to meet redistricting timeline

Given the lost day to winter weather on Wednesday, when lawmakers return to session from their respective twelve-hour calls, they will face a short turnaround time to get a new congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf in order to meet the Friday deadline laid out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

If lawmakers fail to meet the deadline on Friday, the Court would then step in and—with the help of a specially-appointed Master—select a map they feel meets state constitutional muster.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican legislative leaders from the House and Senate responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday afternoon, saying the nearly $1 billion spending increase over last year’s enacted budget proposed by the governor is a non-starter in their respective chambers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Gov. Wolf proposes $33 billion budget that prioritizes education funding and workforce development

Gov. Wolf proposes $33 billion budget that prioritizes education funding and workforce development

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday gave his fourth budget address, the last of his current term, that proposes a spending plan ringing in at $33 billion in expenditures and prioritizes education funding and workforce development initiatives while once again calling for a severance tax, agency consolidations, and per capita municipal fee to pay for State Police coverage of municipalities without their own police force.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DiGirolamo amendment could put speed bump in reducing size of General Assembly

DiGirolamo amendment could put speed bump in reducing size of General Assembly

An amendment sponsored by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) adopted Monday night to the House Bill 153 could put a speed bump in reducing the size of the General Assembly.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

In the largest in a series of blows to legislative Republican leaders seeking to halt the need to draw a new congressional map prior to a Friday deadline set out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday denied the legislators’ request for a stay in the state supreme court order.

 

While the denial by Justice Alito gives the legislative leaders an ability to appeal to the entire US Supreme Court for a stay, that does contrast with the now five-day deadline the legislature faces to get a new constitutional map to Gov. Tom Wolf before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would step in to draw one.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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