Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

The Senate State Government Committee on Monday unanimously advanced a vehicle bill for any redistricting plan that may or may not be agreed to in the coming days.

 

The positioning of the bill on Monday was said to be important due to the tight timeline given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the order they issued just a week ago giving the General Assembly until February 9, 2018, to get to the governor a new map based on the criteria used for the drawing of state legislative districts, in order to prevent the court from using a newly-appointed special master to draw a court-approved map based on non-partisan criteria.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

On January 10, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf took what many saw as the dramatic step of issuing a statewide disaster declaration over the opioid epidemic currently gripping the commonwealth.

 

Since that time, Pennsylvania’s governmental entities—from the executive and legislative branches, all the way to local governments—are continuing to step up the fight against opioid abuse and overdose deaths.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Assuming the US Supreme Court does not grant a stay of the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court’s order for a mid-February redraw of Pennsylvania’s 2011 congressional map the latter court found unconstitutional last week, experts retained by both Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Supreme Court are likely to play some role in how a new map is crafted and found to be constitutional.

Sunday, January 28, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 52: Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh)

The podcast is back and starting off the new year with an interview with Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) where we talk about current issues in Harrisburg, in the Lehigh Valley, and much more!
Friday, January 26, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Republican state legislative leaders file gerrymandering decision stay petition with US Supreme Court

Republican state legislative leaders file gerrymandering decision stay petition with US Supreme Court

Citing the lack of a final opinion from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to stay the enforcement of the decision in League of Women Voters v. Commonwealth.

Thursday, January 25, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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