Busy First Day As PA Lawmakers Return For Fall Session
Pennsylvania state lawmakers started the legislature's fall session Monday, after returning from summer recess.
House Republicans kicked off the first day back by unveiling a new jobs proposal, "Promoting Employment across Pennsylvania" or PEP, sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff of Bellefonte.
Benninghof, chairman of the House Finance Committee, says Pennsylvanians want new jobs, they want more jobs and they want better jobs.
Rep. Mike Sturla of Lancaster County, chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, says Democratic leaders are focused on bills to improve special education and transportation funding reform. He says that lawmakers should be working on transportation issues as the state is dealing with a crumbling infrastructure. Sturla also thinks there are issues related to special education that need to be dealt with.
Charter schools are also a hot topic at the Capitol. Republican leaders are looking to push a bill that would give the state more oversight over charter school and their funding.
There isn’t a lot of time to get things done in Harrisburg as there are just three weeks to this fall session, which ends on October 17.
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