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Saturday, June 11, 2011

House Action for the Week of June 13, 2011

Saving Unemployment Compensation, Voter ID and Adding Bath Salts and Synthetic Drugs as Controlled Substances on House Agenda

The state House returns to session on Monday, June 13, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.

Helping Unemployed Workers by Saving and Fixing the Unemployment Compensation System

The House will take up Senate Bill 1030 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder/Dauphin/Luzerne), which would save the bankrupt Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund an estimated $137 million per year. While federal emergency unemployment benefits expire Saturday, June 11, for 135,000 out-of-work Pennsylvanians, there is still time to pass this necessary legislation and get it to the governor’s before there is a disruption in benefits. The bill will:

Require an active job search – Pennsylvania is the only state where a job search is not required.

Increase the minimum weekly benefit rate.
Create a severance pay offset (32 states take into account dismissal pay, nine states prohibit people from receiving UC benefits while receiving severance pay).
Establish standards of willful misconduct and refine current law to modify eligibility benefits for people who voluntarily quit their job. These are standards similar to those in 40 other states.

Despite an unemployment rate lower than most states, Pennsylvania has been paying out more unemployment compensation benefits than all other states except California.

Ensuring a Proper Vote: Valid Photo ID Required

The Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act can prevent the four most widely documented types of voter fraud, including: impersonation at the polls; fictitious registrations; double-voting; and voting by illegal aliens. Modeled after Indiana’s photo identification law, which was upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, House Bill 934 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler) would amend the state election code to require all voters to present valid photo ID before voting. Current Pennsylvania law requires photo ID for voters who appear to vote in an election district for the first time. Legislation containing voter ID had already passed the General Assembly only to be vetoed by former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Luzerne County’s “Kids For Cash” Aftermath: Making the Courts Safe for Kids

Last year, the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice identified a number of problems to be corrected in order to restore public confidence in the state’s juvenile courts system. House Bill 1546 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne County) would mandate the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission analyze information and make recommendations to judges and the Administrative Offices of the Courts. The agency would also post the information on its website, ensuring the data is shared.

House Bill 1567 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne County) deals with the public pensions of officials pleading guilty or no contest, or are found guilty in public corruption cases; the pensions would be immediately forfeited.
The Weekly Schedule

Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House floor. The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted here.


Anonymous said...

voter photo id bills sound innocent, but they sometimes are racial in origin. not too much doesn't pass the current Supreme Court. Rendell had good reason to veto.

Anonymous said...

Was surprised to learn that you can just quit a job and draw unemployment.

In other words, I can go to work for McD's and scrub toilets and wipe tables for a week or two. Then quit and draw unemployment for 6 months.

Anonymous said...

Agree with above, just marching onward to national ID so you can present your papers when stopped.

Anonymous said...

Voter fraud is a false flag operation. It has been proven by the FEC under GW Bush that almost zero documented cases of voter fraud each election and no possiblity of election interference by voter fraud.

People like to bring up Chicago ballot Box stuffing and the election of JFK in the 60's as an example. Or votes logged by dead people. But...dead people don't walk into the voting precinct and actively cast a vote. That's an example of election fraud. Stuffing the ballot box is carried out by trusted public servants, not some poor schmuck who forgot to change his residence on his voter registration.

This is a bad bill intended to make it harder for poor folks to vote. Most of whom are perceived to vote democrat.

Voter Fraud is a manufactured lie proven never to have been affecting the outcome of any election. Why is PA pursuing this?