Pa. Senate committee advances proposals responding to Russia’s war on Ukraine
The Senate State Government Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve two pieces of legislation prohibiting government contracts with Russia and Belarus and divesting public holdings connected with the countries as the war on Ukraine continues.
State, local officials at odds over banning private election grants
State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 982, which would ban such private grants, said the potential impact of private election grants is “a critical challenge we must confront.”
Senate committee advances proposed constitutional change to reform Pa.’s amendment process
Before being presented to voters, proposed constitutional amendments must pass the Legislature in two consecutive sessions. The costly process can take months, if not years.
Senate panel proceeds with election bill hearing despite Department of State absence
The Senate State Government Committee met for 25 minutes on Tuesday.
Pa. Senate moves to bolster constitutional amendment process with increased training, transparency
The Senate acted on a pair of bills to create additional requirements for the Department of State to publicize and explain ballot questions and establish further training for agency staff.
Pa. county officials say bipartisan election reform bill is a step toward ‘badly-needed relief’
The 11-page bill allows for precanvassing of mail-in ballots at least three days before an election and moves back the deadline to receive applications for mail-in ballots from one week to two weeks before an election.
Months after its launch, risk-limiting election audit pilot comes under review by Senate panel
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid outlined the risk-limiting audit, a post-election review piloted during the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections, before a Senate panel on Tuesday.
Two Pa. lawmakers are working on bipartisan election reform. Here’s what they’ve proposed
Two months after a panel of lawmakers released a report on election integrity, the Republican and Democratic heads of a Senate committee with election oversight are putting its recommendations into action.
Now Hiring: Redistricting commission seeks applicants for chair to oversee 2021 mapmaking
The four-member commission, which redraws the boundaries for Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate districts once every 10 years, announced Monday that it’s accepting applications for a fifth member who will serve as its chair.
Pennsylvania’s property tax, explained: A moral wrong, or the building block of government finance?
When he started knocking on doors during his inaugural campaign for state representative in 1992, Sam Rohrer noticed a topic popping up again and again — property taxes. He was aware of complaints, but the extent of the problem became more and more apparent as he talked to his soon-to-be constituents in Berks County. Rohrer, […]
Pa. governor candidates would get to pick their running mates under revived Senate bill
A bill that would end the arranged marriage between the top of the ticket and his second in command advanced through a Senate committee Monday.
A new bill, a new legislative session. But the math of property tax reform remains as daunting as ever | Analysis
Math is hard. Property tax reform math is even harder.