Thursday, April 4, 2013
Many Montco politicians are pushing for measures that seem to fall flat in state legislature.
Thursday, April 4
As Connecticut passes its laws to restrict gun purchases with stricter policies, similar bills in Pennsylvania's legislature are falling flat. Local rallies have been hosted in Montgomery County, and its representatives are voicing the concerns. State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-153) of Montgomery County, has worked with state Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-31) and state Rep. Ron Waters (D-191) on a series of bills, including the banning of assault weapons called House Bill 517, according to a report in PhillyBurbs.com. Restrictions are not just being called for one one side. Todd Stephens (R-151), a former Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, has introduced House Bill 931, to "require the Pennsylvania State Police to send all existing …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Meanwhile, a Republican-sponsored bill named for a popular caliber of handgun would seek to prevent any federal gun control legislation from being enforceable inside Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, February 19
Citing the December shooting deaths of a classroom full of Connecticut first graders as a last straw, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-153) of Montgomery County has entered the the national gun control debate by co-sponsoring legislation that would "ban the possession, use, control, sale, transfer, or manufacture of an assault weapon within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The bill, H.B. 517, defines as assault weapon as any "selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semi automatic or burst fire at the option of the user." It also lists a roster of specific semi automatic gun models that would be prohibited. Republican state legislators have vowed to stall the bill, which Dean sponsored along with Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D) of Delaware …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, explains why she voted to table House Bill 1776.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Last week, the House Finance Committee, of which I am a member, voted to table House Bill 1776, which would partially eliminate school property taxes (school property taxes will remain for debt service and this bill will not eliminate township, fire, or county property taxes). [See the bill in the pdf section] After multiple hearings on this bill and over 13 hours of debate in committee – including over two hours last week at a meeting intended to vote on the proposal – the committee voted 13-11 to table this bill. Let me explain why I voted to table: Two of my top priorities since taking office last month after a special election have been to ensure that our schools have the proper support from the state and that seniors are not being …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Casey, Kane shrug off primary challenges; Montgomery County results.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had little trouble winning the Pennsylvania Republican primary for President of the United States, with his closest competition coming from a man who no longer is in the race. Romney finished with 57 percent of the vote, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum at 19 percent. Santorum withdrew from the race earlier this month. Texas congressman Ron Paul finished third with 13 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was last with 11 percent of the vote. Montgomery County Republicans gave Romney a more emphatic nod than the rest of the state, awarding him about 67 percent of the vote. Santorum captured about 13 percent of the county vote, which still gave him 44 more votes than libertarian …