With audit rejected, lawmakers shift focus to future changes to Pa.’s election code
A bipartisan legislative research panel has rejected a watered-down House Republican proposal to complete a duplicative audit of the 2020 presidential election. The rejection was the latest in a running battle between Harrisburg Republicans and Democrats over the election’s administration, featuring tough rhetoric backed by scant evidence in preview of a 2021 voting reform push. […]
Pa. conservatives’ hopes for subpoena-fueled election investigation quashed by political reality
The effort was first announced at a press conference last week, when 26 House and Senate Republicans — barely a fifth of all GOP lawmakers — called for the General Assembly to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s 2020 results until lawmakers could conduct their own election audit.
The Pa. House will review the 2020 election, but it’s unlikely it will change the results
While the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House is preparing for a wide ranging review of the 2020 election, the review appears unlikely to impact President Donald Trump’s loss in the Keystone State.
House Repubs prep for possible override vote on Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration veto
The 203-member House is in session Tuesday and Wednesday. It takes a two-thirds vote by the House and Senate to override a gubernatorial veto.
‘This is about local control’: House GOP rolls out fall sports, school reopening bills
Days after the Wolf administration recommended the optional postponement of the fall sports season, a Republican lawmaker says he wants to take that power out of the administration’s hands and give decision-making power back to local school districts. At a news conference Tuesday, Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, said the Democratic administration’s abrupt announcement last week […]
Wolf lets GOP-authored open records bill lapse into law without his signature | Monday Morning Coffee
The unanimous vote represented a rare rebuke from legislative Democrats, who are usually loathe to break with the administration on Republican-authored proposals.
House Repubs set to hold leadership elections today. Who will move up? | Monday Morning Coffee
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Gov. Tom Wolf ran as a champion of government transparency. The COVID-19 pandemic is putting that to the test
The Wolf administration has allowed government offices to seemingly indefinitely postpone processing the requests while state offices are closed for the pandemic.
Pa. lawmakers roll out bipartisan proposal aimed at curbing Medicaid fraud
Pushback to a proposed "False Claims Act," began piling up less than a hour after it was introduced at a Capitol news conference on Monday.
Pennsylvania’s lobbying disclosure law isn’t meeting its aim, oversight report finds
Pennsylvania’s lobbying laws suffer from a host of problems, including issues of transparency and enforcement, a report by a new legislative committee has found. “If the scope of the lobbying disclosure law is to figure out who spends money on who, I think the current law fails at both,” House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Seth […]
New House oversight panel’s first report will tackle lobbying reform, chairman says
The report will provide a before and after look at a 2017 rewrite of how much hired guns must reveal about their Capitol doings.
York County Republican named chair of House investigative committee with subpoena powers
On Thursday, Republican leadership named York County Rep. Seth Grove chair of a new state House committee tasked with looking into Pennsylvania’s executive branch at the behest of lawmakers. The nine-member House Oversight Committee was created in January as part of the chamber’s new rules and has subpoena power to request information from state agencies. […]