Losing some national muscle. Earlier this week the Unites State Census Bureau released its numbers and Pennsylvania will lose a congressional seat based on population from the 2020 Census. While the announcement wasn’t unexpected, it will drop the state’s congressional delegation from 18 to 17 starting in the 2022 elections. Pennsylvania was one of seven states to lose congressional representation (Ohio, West Virginia, New York, California, Illinois and Michigan). Pennsylvania did grow in population over the last decade but not enough to outpace other states that will gain these lost congressional seats. The General Assembly will begin the process of re-drawing the congressional maps to account for this change later this year. Congressional redistricting is a result of an Act of the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor.
A new way of deterring the number 2 coming? The answer to this question is “yes” if the Senate has anything to say about it. The Senate passed legislation this week amending the Pennsylvania Constitution changing the way the state Lieutenant Governor is chosen. If enacted and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum, the Lieutenant Governor candidate would be chosen as a “running mate” to the Governor candidate as is the case with President and Vice President at the national level. Currently, the PA Lieutenant Governor is a separate elected office during the primary election and may or may not have the endorsement of the actual party’s candidate for governor—creating a “forced marriage” of sorts.
Senate passes Sen. Langerholc’s bill to change the state’s P3 law. The Senate took final action on Senate Bill 382 this week and passed a bill that would make several administrative changes to the state’s Public Private Partnership Law and force PennDOT’s current P3 Pathways Major Bridge Tolling proposal to be re-examined under the new changes—essentially voiding it and forcing the effort to start over in the process. The bill passed by a final vote of 28-19 with only one Democratic Senator, Sen. Lisa Boscola, voting with the GOP majority. The bill now moves to the House for its consideration.
Upcoming schedule. This past week only featured the Senate being in session, but will now adjourn until Monday, May 10. The House, however, will return to session on Monday, May 3 for active voting session.