State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address today:
"Unfortunately, today’s budget address comes at a time when we still are without a budget for the previous fiscal year. That is a disservice to all Pennsylvanians and shows a serious gap in leadership in state government. We now have two budgets on our plate and are stuck in a static position because some members of the General Assembly would rather put politics before people.
HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 - State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said a bill the House passed Monday (H.B. 80) would undermine local gun-safety laws such as Pittsburgh's. Gov. Corbett will sign it into law. "It's bad enough the Republican-controlled legislature refuses to act on common-sense gun-safety legislation - now it and Governor Corbett will block Pittsburgh and other communities from acting to protect our own residents from gun violence," Frankel said. "Even worse, House Bill 80 provides unprecedented standing to member organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, to file suit against our communities and reclaim damages. This legislation has the potential to severely hinder, or even bankrupt, those communities that seek to protect their citizens." Pittsburgh has an ordinance requiring residents to report lost or stolen firearms. "However, if the courts apply the state constitution's single-subject rule consistently, this pre-election pander to the gun lobby could well be declared unconstitutional. It's laughable to claim this belongs in a bill that started out just addressing scrap-metal theft," Frankel said. "Ironically, under four years of complete Republican control of state government, they have ducked tough votes by blocking all sorts of clearly related Democratic amendments as 'not germane' to bills. This gun legislation may soon join other examples of Republican overreach that Pennsylvania courts have struck down, such as the restrictive voter ID law and th Read more
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