House composition is unchanged as parties trade flips in special elections

House composition is unchanged as parties trade flips in special elections

Of three special elections in the House yesterday, Democrat Helen Tai flipped the 178th in Bucks County. Republican Tim O'Neal did the same to the 48th in Washington County. The only place whose party control remained unchanged was Tioga County's 68th, which Republican Clint Owlett won.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pennsylvania already prepared to capitalize on sports betting, House gaming supporters say

Pennsylvania already prepared to capitalize on sports betting, House gaming supporters say

A US Supreme Court ruling that opened up sports betting could impact Pennsylvania within the next year, according to the House’s Gaming Oversight Committee chairman.

Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong) said in a phone interview Monday that language allowing sports betting was already part of the state’s 2017 Fiscal Code.

Monday, May 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Three House special elections on primary day could give hints of what's to come

Three House special elections on primary day could give hints of what's to come

Springtime for Pennsylvania politicos is usually for a winnowing of the flock, as voters pick their favored primary candidate to slog on into November's general election.

But this year, three special elections for the state House of Representatives in the southwest, north, and southeastern parts of the Keystone State mean a few thousands voters will have a chance to send fresh faces straight to Harrisburg.

Friday, May 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Saccone introduces bill to ban abortion after heartbeat detected, shaving 18 weeks off current law

Saccone introduces bill to ban abortion after heartbeat detected, shaving 18 weeks off current law

Six months after floating a co-sponsor memo seeking support for a so-called heartbeat bill — which bans abortion if a doctor can detect a heartbeat from a fetus — Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) has officially introduced the legislation.

“I want to save baby lives,” Saccone said Wednesday. “I’m unashamedly pro-life. When the heartbeat is detected, there’s a baby in there.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

In a memo from last week, outgoing House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) struck a reformist tone while pointing to votes to limit the size of the legislature and adding transparency to lobbying.

“There is still more which needs to be done, from improving government operations to bringing back faith in our system,” Reed wrote when presenting three new bill ideas to his colleagues.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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