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Supreme Court Shakes Up 2018 Elections

Pennsylvania is in the national spotlight just weeks after an initial ruling by the Commonwealth’s highest court that invalidated the district maps for eighteen Congressional districts.  It’s the first time that a gerrymandering suit has been validated by a court and has thrown the 2018 election cycle into chaos.

Senate Panel Advances Legislation Curbing Contract Rights

The Senate Labor & Industry Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), advanced a bill that could have a drastic effect on the way construction contracts are structured.  By a 9-3 vote, the committee approved House Bill 566, introduced in 2017 by Rep. Jamie Santora (R-Delaware).  The bill amends the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA), which was signed into law in 1994 and provides for limitations on that way private construction contracts can be structured.

ABC PA Summit Focuses on Policy, Political Endorsements

Last week’s meeting of the five ABC chapters throughout Pennsylvania brought a rare opportunity to work with some uncommon coalition partners and hear from candidates who will appear on the ballot in 2017.

State’s Fiscal Woes Hit Dire Straits

In an interview earlier this week, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said, “we’re out of money and we’ve never been in this position before.”  That statement underscored the severity of a budget impasse that has dragged on for nearly three months past its Constitutional deadline.  And now, state officials are closing the coffers as outside groups ramp up the pressure.

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