Exclusive: As Legislature returns, non-essential House Dem employees are told to stay home

    The floor of the Pa. House of Representatives during a joint session on 4/10/19 , commemorating the deaths at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue (screen capture)

    (*This story has been updated to include comment from House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton)

    With the state House returning to session on Monday, not all of the caucus employees who support the House Democratic Caucus will be returning to work.

    An email to caucus employees, exclusively obtained by the Capital-Star, says that “caucus employees at the Capitol who are have not been determined to be critical for session this week are directed to stay home and telework until further notice.”

    *Asked what employees were considered essential, Bill Patton, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny responded: “For House Democrats it’s those people who are directly involved in supporting the floor session.”

    In all, that’s about 30 people, including committee support staff, Patton said Sunday. 

    (Screen Capture – House D email)
    (House D Email – Screen Capture)
    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.