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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Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Responding to a social media outburst from Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) has reintroduced nearly 90 bills from this session — hoping they get sent anywhere besides Metcalfe’s State Government Committee.

The list includes a number of so-called good government reforms, such as a gift ban, campaign finance reform and redistricting, as well as a bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination in private employment.

Monday, May 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

With a little more than two months left to pass a bill and start the long, winding road to a constitutional amendment, Senate leadership now appears fully in on passing a bill to change how the state conducts redistricting.

“We want to be done by June, before we leave,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said yesterday, adding: “It won’t be exactly Senate Bill 22 — we will amend it, I'm sure — but we’ll definitely keep the same spirit and same direction that SB 22 goes in, making an independent commission.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting advocates’ strategy? Keep feeding ‘em bills

Redistricting advocates’ strategy? Keep feeding ‘em bills

Despite a last minute gut-and-replace maneuver last week, redistricting advocates have not given up the fight to pass a redistricting bill through the House by its self-imposed June 30 deadline.

In fact, they’ve even settled on a new strategy — namely, a flood of legislation all heading for Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and the State Government Committee, which so recently gutted and rewrote the House’s prime redistricting bill without any outside input.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Capitol fills with redistricting advocates as House and Senate look to reconcile competing bills

Capitol fills with redistricting advocates as House and Senate look to reconcile competing bills

While hundreds of citizens gathered today in the rotunda, hosting signs with white knights slaying a dragon labeled “gerrymander” and chanting “this is what democracy looks like,” the object of their desires — politically independent redistricting — was poised to undergo some negotiations.

House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) said Monday he expected to meet with his Senate counterpart Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that night to discuss the farthest-reaching and widest supported redistricting bills — HB 722 and SB 22.

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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