With the birth of a new legislative session comes rallying for new reform measures.
So far we have heard calls for the passage of a cash gift ban and reducing the size of the legislature and today, a renewed push to make lawmakers cough up receipts for their expenses.
Sens. Randy Vulakovich (R., Allegheny) was unsuccessful in getting his measure passed last session, but he's back again with legislation requiring elected officials to provide receipts in order to receive reimbursement from the state.
Sen. Mike Stack (D., Phila.) says he will resign his Senate seat on January 20 when he is sworn in as Pennsylvania's new lieutenant governor.
Speculation swirled around the question of whether Stack would try to keep the seat while also serving as lieutenant governor. He laid that question to rest on Thursday in a statement to the Inquirer
"For several months I have been searching for a way to balance the need to control the cost of government with preserving a voice in the Senate for the people of Northeast Philadelphia who have put their trust in me for so many years," said Stack. "I have decided that there is no way to achieve a perfect balance without creating a distraction that could stifle the momentum toward a new direction for the people of Pennsylvania."
It was a day of historic firsts for women in the Capitol.
Members of the House and Senate took their oaths of office Tuesday at the start of the new session – the 199th session for the oldest seated governing body in the nation.
But amid the pomp and circumstance - the bouquets and boutonnieres - the day was notable as a landmarkday for women in Pennsylvania politics: Leslie Acosta – daughter of former Rep. Ralph Acosta, the first Hispanic elected to the General Assembly – became the first Latina to be sworn in as a Pennsylvania lawmaker.
There's still time to buy tickets to the Wolf inauguration.festivities.
Democrat Tom Wolf will be sworn in as the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania on January 20.
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf today announced his team of leaders in various fields - among them former cabinet secretaries in the Rendell administration and former lawmakers - to review state agencies, commissions, and various issue areas. He said they work with the outgoing administration to better understand the issues and challenges that face the executive branch.
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is doing his part this season to save tax payers a few bucks, bring some holiday cheer to the needy in Pennsylvania, rather than line the pockets of a New York City catering firm.
Wolf told the Associated Press he will foot the bill for office space for his security detail to guard his York County home when he takes office January 20.
Wolf has said he would eschew the governor's residence in Harrisburg, in favor but wants of his family home in Mount Wolf (yes, named for his ancesters) in rural York County.
On President Obama's schedule today:
Make a personnel announcement (new secretary of defense?).
Meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss combatting the terrorist group ISIL and how to address the Syrian refugee crisis.
Two Ohio turkeys were spared from the dinner table by President Obama today and live out their lives on a Virginia farm.
The president officially pardoned the turkeys, "Cheese" and his alternate "Mac," todayat the White House in the holiday ritual known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, now in its 67th year.
In his remarks, Obama referenced his recent controversial executive order on immigration: