Category Archives: PA House

Democrat Krueger-Braneky emerges victorious in 161st District

By Kristina Scala, Delaware County Daily Times, 8/5/15

SWARTHMORE >> Delaware County Democrats are coming close to outnumbering Republicans in the state House.

The 161st Legislative District win might put them ahead.

“This was an uphill battle for us. This was not a race we were supposed to win tonight,” Leanne Krueger-Braneky, 38, of Swarthmore said in her victory speech Tuesday night.

“I’m one more Democrat in the House,” she said struggling to speak over a roaring crowd of supporters at the Swarthmore Community Center. “And next year we’re going to elect a hell of a lot more Democrats.”…

keep reading at Delaware County Daily Times

Minimum Wage Legislation in PA House, 2015

HB436 Representative Mark Cohen (D – Phila County
Minimum Wage set to:
60 days after passage $9.00 per hour
425 days after passage $10.10 per hour
790 days after passage $11.50 per hour
Tipped Minimum Wage Set to:
Upon passage $3.83 per hour
365 days after passage $4.83 per hour
730 days after passage 70% of the minimum wage
annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning 1/1/17.

HB250 Representative Patty Kim (D – Dauphin County)
Minimum Wage set to:
6 months after passage $9.00 per hour
12 months after passage $10.10 per hour
Tipped Minimum Wage set to:
6 months after passage 50% of the minimum wage
12 months after passage 75% of the minimum wage
annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning 12/31/16

download more details (also of Senate bills) here: 2015 Minimum Wage Legislation in PA General Assemblyere:

House Republicans’ Liquor Privatization Proposal

TO: House Democratic Members and Interested Parties
FROM: Rep. Joseph Markosek, Chairman
SUBJECT: House Republicans’ Liquor Privatization Proposal (House Bill 466, PN 512) – Five Key Points
DATE: Feb. 24, 2015

Recently, House Republicans reintroduced their proposal to outsource the state liquor system despite the lack of support from the Senate last session for a nearly identical bill. Liquor privatization also lacks support from newly elected Governor Tom Wolf, who has indicated that he supports modernizing the liquor system, rather than privatizing it. Below are five key points to consider about House Bill 466:

1.) Speaker Turzai’s privatization proposal would do very little to help close the state’s projected $2.2 billion structural budget gap because only about $167 million would be available in the first year.

Speaker Turzai claims his proposal would generate $1.1 billion in one-time revenue for the state budget; however, it would occur over a two- to four-year period dependent upon when retail and wholesale licenses would be sold.

2.) Pennsylvania taxpayers would lose over the long-term because the state would be selling an asset that provides a steady source of revenue in exchange for a one-time payment.

keep reading in the download: LCB_HB466PN521_MSG_022415

Come clean and show us the money

Editorial, Daily Local News, 2/14/15

You have to give state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale credit for his efforts to forge a bipartisan consensus in the state’s most partisan institution.

Before being elected to statewide office, the York County Democrat served in the state House, and shortly after he was elected to that body in 2006, he began posting his expenses online for everyone to see.

It was considered blasphemy by his colleagues….

keep reading at Daily Local News

How did women fare on election day in Chesco?

Women representing Chesco in Washington and Harrisburg, 2013-14:

US Congress: 0/3
PA Senate: 0/4
PA House: 1/9
total: 1/16 = 6%

Women elected to represent Chesco in Washington and Harrisburg, 2015-16:

US Congress: 0/3
PA Senate: 0/4
PA House: 1/9
total: 1/16 = 6%

End Gifts to Legislators

from Susan Rzucidlo for State Representative (158th)

In Pennsylvania, giving gifts to legislators is big business. Under current law, only gifts valued at over $250 or transportation and lodging valued at over $650 must be disclosed however currently in Pennsylvania any gifts of any value can legally be given to legislators, as long as it can’t be linked directly to a vote. This is an improper law and practice that is counter to the principles on which our government was founded. Continue reading

Current Chesco PA House and Senate members

As of Oct. 2014. Some districts include areas outside Chester County

PA House
13 John A. Lawrence (R)
26 Tim Hennessey (R)
74 Harry Lewis (R)
155 Becky Corbin (R)
156 Dan Truitt (R)
157 Warren Kampf (R)
158 Chris Ross (R)
160 Stephen Barrar (R)
167 Duane Milne (R)

PA Senate

9 Dominic Pileggi (R)
19 Andrew E. Dinniman (D)
26 Thomas J. McGarrigle (R)
44 John C. Rafferty Jr. (R)

See the list, by Chesco municipality, at the state legislative site.