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Friday, June 17, 2011

House Of Reps. Returns For Session On Monday

Voter ID, School Mandates and Budget (related) Bills on House Agenda

The state House returns to session on Monday, June 20, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.

The Budget
With less than two weeks remaining in the fiscal year, House and Senate negotiators are working non-stop in Harrisburg toward a final version of this year’s state budget plan. Progress is being made. Budget bills are expected to begin to move sometime next week; the budget will be on time, the first time in eight years.

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 LinkRendell.

Helping School Districts Cope With Less, Dealing With Mandates

A moratorium of certification requirements for public school teachers will save school districts needed dollars. The legislation (House Bill 1363) proposed by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren County) would provide mandate relief for educators and districts. All school districts must provide a level of reimbursement for continuing professional development courses.

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...

Good job legislators! This all shows just what a political hack Democrat Ed Rendell was and is. He didn't want to lose (or Obama to lose) the "dead" vote!

Anonymous said...

There is no "dead" vote you moron. Even the republican appointed Election Assistance Commission, part of the FEC, was unable to find any legitimate evidence of widespread voter fraud.

This is a shameless partisan tactic intended to suppress the voting rights of poor and minority voters.

And it's going to cost millions to implement and likely millions to defend in court as well.

Again, with ZERO evidence of voter fraud ever affecting an election, this is a wasteful solution to a problem that DOES NOT EXIST and who's sole purpose is to suppress likely democratic voters.

Shame on you PA for even considering this.

Anonymous said...

Can you say "hanging chads" ?