Quiet Start to the Last Year of the 2023-24 Legislative Session

The New Year is off to a slow legislative start for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This lack of activity is largely due to an extended session break by the state House of Representatives. Prior to the holiday break, House Speaker Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, notified members that there would not be any voting days scheduled until the middle of March to allow for a repair to the chamber’s ceiling caused by a water leak. 

A second reason widely believed to be an underlying cause of the delay in starting legislative session is that the House also currently lacks a voting majority following the resignation of Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks. The lower chamber is once again at a 101 – 101 partisan split. The Special Election to fill Galloway’s seat is scheduled for Feb. 13.

Both chambers will be in session on Feb. 6 for Governor Shapiro’s annual budget address. However, the House is not set to return for voting session until March 18. The Senate is scheduled to be in for three days the week of Feb. 5 and then will also return on March 18.

You can read more in this Spotlight PA article. 

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