PA General Assembly Reconvenes This Week

The Pennsylvania General Assembly will reconvene April 24th for the first voting sessions since early March. It was at that time that Governor Shapiro presented his proposed 2023-24 state budget. In the weeks subsequent, the House and Senate Budget Appropriations Committees have been conducting budget hearings. At these hearings, each state agency presents its individual budget plan which committee members then review and question.

In the coming weeks, the Senate is expected conduct confirmation hearings for each of the Governor’s cabinet nominees. Ultimately, the Senate will vote to confirm the nominees. In addition, the House Democrats have been working to organize that body-having taken control for the first time in 12 years after winning three special elections in February.

Meanwhile, two special elections will be held on primary election day on May 16th. One will be to replace a Republican legislator who was elected to the Senate in a special election in February. The other is for a Delaware House seat left vacant by a Democrat who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.