Voting meeting on SB 991, SB 1020 and SB 1043

Senate State Government Committee

Monday, February 7, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Room 8E-A, East Wing

Agenda

Voting meeting on SB 991, SB 1020 and SB 1043

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 991 (Schwank) Changing the process by which cities switch classification.
  • Senate Bill 1020 (Gebhard) Land Conveyance in Lebanon County.
  • Senate Bill 1043 (Stefano) Reducing paperwork requirements in the Steel Products Procurement Act.

Voting meeting on SB322

Senate State Government Committee

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Room 461, Main Capitol Building

Agenda

Voting meeting on SB322

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 322 (Ward) Election Code amendments related to the canvassing of absentee and mail-in ballots.

Meeting to consider HR 165

Senate State Government Committee

Monday, January 24 – Off the floor

Rules Room

Agenda

Meeting to consider HR 165

Hearing Reviews Governor’s Proposed Congressional District Maps

HARRISBURG – The Senate State Government Committee held another public hearing today reviewing two Congressional redistricting maps proposed by Governor Wolf, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), who chaired the hearing.  The Senate is expected to consider a final proposal next week.

“Today’s hearing on the redrawing of congressional districts is another example of our attempt to reduce the hyper-partisan gerrymandering of the past,” said Senator Argall.  “The open dialogue between the members of the Senate State Government Committee and citizen advocates was invaluable as Senator Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and I continue to work towards a bipartisan compromise.”

This was the fourteenth public hearing of the General Assembly on the drawing of new congressional districts during this legislative session.

The hearing featured testimony from two members of the governor’s Pennsylvania Redistricting Advisory Council, Broad + Liberty co-founder Albert Eisenberg, Senior Advisor to the Committee of Seventy David Thornburgh, Managing Director of the Committee of Seventy’s Draw the Lines Project Justin Villere, and redistricting specialist Amanda Holt.

More information on today’s hearing can be found on the committee’s website.

Contact: Jim Brugger

717.787.2637

Public Hearing on Governor Wolf’s Two Endorsed Congressional Maps

Senate State Government Committee

Friday, January 21 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

Agenda

Public Hearing on Governor Wolf’s Two Endorsed Congressional Maps

Schedule

3:00 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks:  Senator Argall and Senator Street

“The Governor’s Map”

3:10 p.m.:

  • Dr. Christopher Fowler
    • Associate Professor of Geography and Demography, Penn State University
    • Pennsylvania Redistricting Advisory Council

3:30 p.m.:

  • Dr. John J. Kennedy
    • Professor of Political Science, West Chester University
    • Pennsylvania Redistricting Advisory Council

3:50 p.m.:

  • Albert Eisenberg
    • Co-Founder, Broad + Liberty

 “The Pennsylvania Citizens’ Map” – PDF

4:00 p.m.:

  • David Thornburgh, Senior Advisor, Committee of Seventy
  • Justin Villere, Managing Director, Draw the Lines, a project of the Committee of Seventy

4:30 p.m.:  Amanda Holt, redistricting specialist – Testimony

5:00 p.m.:  Adjournment

Congressional District Map Advances to the Senate

HARRISBURG – A proposed congressional district map was passed by the Senate State Government Committee today, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), who chairs the committee.  Additional amendments are expected.

“Bipartisan negotiations are continuing in the hopes that a compromise can be reached,” said Senator Argall.

“It is important to continue to move this bill through the legislative process to meet the deadlines set by the Department of State, in order to avoid delaying the primary election,” Argall continued.  “Because of these deadlines and our constitutional mandate that all bills must be considered for three days in each chamber of the General Assembly, we needed to move this bill out of our committee today.

“I also plan to hold an additional public hearing on this subject later this week.  This will be the fourteenth public hearing on congressional redistricting during this legislative session of the House and the Senate.”

The map considered by the committee today, which was introduced as House Bill 2146, was passed by the House of Representatives last week.  It was originally drafted by Lehigh County citizen advocate Amanda Holt.

Contact: Jim Brugger

717.787.2637

Meeting to consider HB 2051 and HB 2146

Senate State Government Committee

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | Off the Floor

Room 8E-B, East Wing


AGENDA

Meeting to consider bills

SCHEDULE

  • House Bill 2051 (Kaufer) Land conveyance in the borough of West Pittston, Luzerne County.
  • House Bill 2146 (Grove): The Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021.  

Anti-Court Packing Resolution, Redistricting Data Passed by State Government Committee

HARRISBURG – A resolution to prevent partisan attempts to expand the US Supreme Court and a bill to codify population data for congressional redistricting were passed by the Senate State Government Committee this week, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), the committee’s chairman.

“The State Government Committee continued its bipartisan work to improve how our government functions this week,” said Argall.  “Senate Resolution 67 in particular helps protect the separation of powers of our federal government and ensures the highest level of our judicial system does not fall victim to partisanship.”

At the conclusion of the hearing, Senator Argall and Senator Street, the Committee’s Democratic minority chairman, issued a joint statement addressing congressional redistricting.  Both Senators renewed their commitment to drawing a fair, bipartisan map that can be approved by the Senate and the House, signed by the Governor, and upheld by the State Supreme Court.

Senate Resolution 67, sponsored by Senator Cris Dush (R-Jefferson), calls for a convention of states to amend the US Constitution for the sole purpose of keeping the number of US Supreme Court justices at nine.

Senate Bill 992 codifies the population data set to be used for congressional redistricting.  Senator Argall has stated he expects the committee to consider a map in the coming weeks, with ample time for public review.

The committee also advanced House Bill 1823, which moves the administration of the Washington Crossing Historic Park to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and the nomination of George Burrell for reappointment to the Philadelphia Board of Claims.

Contact: Jim Brugger    717.787.2637

Redesigned Constitutional Amendment Process Moves Forward

HARRISBURG – Due to critical mistakes by the Department of State, the Senate State Government Committee passed a bill today by a bipartisan vote of 8-3 to restore public confidence in the process of amending the state Constitution, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), the committee’s chairman.

Earlier this year, an unprecedented error by former Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar derailed a constitutional amendment to protect victims of child sex abuse.  Boockvar resigned in disgrace.

Two months later, the Department of State published ballot questions that were widely criticized as biased.  House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff said, “The governor is so desperate to cling to power that they crafted this language to mischaracterize the amendment.”

“After the reputation of the Department of State was tarnished by their mistakes, I introduced this bill to prevent future mishaps,” said Argall.

Senate Bill 940 would give the responsibility of advertising proposed constitutional amendments to the Legislative Reference Bureau, a non-partisan bureau responsible for drafting legislation and publishing the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  The bureau would also be responsible for drafting the wording of ballot questions for proposed amendments, to prevent political bias. 

Contact: Jim Brugger   717.787.2637

Meeting to consider George Burrell for reappointment to the Board of Claims, and SB 940, SB 992, SR 67 and HB 1823

Senate State Government Committee

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


AGENDA

Meeting to consider Nominations, SB 940 and HB 1823

SCHEDULE

Nomination of George Burrell (Philadelphia) for reappointment to the Board of Claims

Senate Bill 940 (Argall):  proposes a constitutional amendment to change responsibility for advertising future constitutional amendments

Senate Bill 992 (Argall):  The Congressional Redistricting Data Set Act.   Provides for the adoption of a population data set certified by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission

Senate Resolution 67 (Dush):  A Concurrent Resolution calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution to require the US Supreme Court be composed of nine justices

House Bill 1823 (Thomas):  Moves the administration of the Washington Crossing Historic Park to DCNR