An early end to summer recess? During an interview this week, new House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff signaled that he may call for legislators to end their summer recess early and return to Harrisburg to tackle the ever-growing controversy over mail-in balloting ahead of the upcoming November General Election.
Benninghoff said that if lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration can find common ground on needed election changes before November, he will be open to holding session in late August.
At issue is a recent request by the Wolf administration to alter the Election Code to allow counties to pre-canvass mail and absentee ballots up to three weeks before the date of the election. Wolf is also requesting changing the date for ballots to be mailed to voters. Currently, ballots must be mailed at least 14 days prior to the election, but the PA Department of State wrote that they would like to see ballots mailed at least 28 days ahead of Election Day.
House Transportation Committee reschedules hearing. APC will testify before the House Transportation Committee early next week on the House Transportation Task Force report (go here for more info. ) that was released late last year. The hearing was originally schedule in late March but was canceled due to the COVID-19 closures and shutdowns. APC Executive Vice President Bob Latham will present the industry’s position on the various pieces of proposed legislation as well as urge the committee members to consider various funding options in response to the nearly $800 million anticipated impact to the Motor License Fund due to the pandemic and economic slowdown. Also scheduled to testify with APC are PennDOT, the PA Turnpike Commission, the American Council of Engineering Companies (PA Chapter), and the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition (KTFC).