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
Legislators seek to keep faith in America

Legislators seek to keep faith in America

Rep. Brett Miller (R-Lancaster) joined with a bipartisan group of legislators for the National movement to keep faith in America.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

After Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s (R-Butler) outburst Tuesday over a touch on the arm from Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery) that led to the former questioning the sexuality of the latter, Democrats are calling for Metcalfe to resign as majority chairman of the House State Government  Committee.

As the majority chair of that committee, Metcalfe controls whether any civil rights legislation could reach the House floor, including HB 1410, written by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), which would provide workplace discrimination protections for LGBT individuals to state law.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senators on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Friday to discuss a bill that would allow family members to seek involuntary commitment of those suffering from the opioid crisis and drug users.

The bill, Senate Bill 391 sponsored by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills), is currently going through a rewrite as the Senator has offered an amendment that would allow a spouse, relative or guardian—or anyone at the request of the spouse, relative or guardian—of a user to file a petition with the Single County Authority after a suicide attempt, overdose, shows an inability to make a rational decision, or has harmed or has attempted to harm others.
Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Capitol Rotunda 1,250 lights brighter as the Wolfs light this year's Christmas tree

Capitol Rotunda 1,250 lights brighter as the Wolfs light this year's Christmas tree

Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife Frances joined DGS Sec. Curtis Topper and other dignitaries at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Capitol's Main Rotunda to light the 22-foot tall Douglas Fir.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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