Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

In light of statewide strikes happening nationally — as well as three years of labor turmoil at a school district in northeastern Pa. — Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) held a public hearing on teachers' unions collective bargaining Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Subsidies for nuclear plants not politically viable, according to General Assembly’s nuclear caucus chair

Subsidies for nuclear plants not politically viable, according to General Assembly’s nuclear caucus chair

A bipartisan group of legislators from both chambers listened to nuclear energy executives give dire warnings on their industry Tuesday morning, although hard action addressing the matter seems far off.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

The House passed one bill that drew fiery opposition and another that won nearly the entire chamber's support during session Monday.

The former, a bill to ban abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, touched on a partisan wedge issue. The latter, having high school students take a civics test at some point before graduation, was a far easier sell.

Monday, April 16, 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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Bill to put SNAP work requirements in the hands of General Assembly passes House committee

Bill to put SNAP work requirements in the hands of General Assembly passes House committee

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), HB 1659 requires the Department of Human Services seek approval from the General Assembly before asking for a work requirement waiver for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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