Nov. 04, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
House Advances Key Election Reforms

A comprehensive election reform bill, which also aims to relieve some of the financial burden placed on counties when the governor suddenly decertified all voting machines in the Commonwealth, was signed into law. The governor’s unilateral action to decertify the machines required their replacement in time for the 2020 elections.

Senate Bill 421 was amended by the House to authorize $90 million in borrowing to provide counties with an approximately 60% reimbursement of their expenses related to upgraded voting machines. A similar funding proposal was approved earlier this year but was vetoed by the governor.

In addition to funding for counties, the bill makes the most significant changes to modernize and improve Pennsylvania’s elections since the 1930s. These changes include eliminating the straight-party ticket option from ballots, establishing mail-in voting and giving Pennsylvanians more time to register to vote ahead of elections.
Three Sundays Could Be Added to Hunting Schedule

Sunday hunting is a hot issue throughout the state, including here in the 92nd Legislative District. As you may have heard, the House approved a bill to allow for hunting on certain Sundays. I voted in favor for this bill and I want to explain why.

Senate Bill 147 is a compromise that I hope appeases folks on both sides of the debate. The original plan called for hunting to be allowed on 16 Sundays. What we passed allows the Game Commission to permit hunting on just three Sundays.

The bill we approved also strengthens trespassing laws, making trespassing a primary offense and increases penalties. The bill also requires hunters to have written permission from the property owner when hunting on private property.

Though the House approved Senate Bill 147, it now returns to the Senate for further consideration.
Tomorrow is Election Day

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 5, is the General Election. During this election, the people will vote to fill numerous local offices, including county commissioners, school boards and other municipal positions. These local offices have profound impacts on your life.

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. To find your polling place, click here. Voters in York County will be using new voting machines. To learn more about the new machines, and to watch a demonstration click here.

My office will be closed on Election Day but will reopen on Wednesday.
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