PA Legislature Set For Slow Start In 2024

The Pennsylvania General Assembly will be slow in getting back to legislative business this year. In an unusual move, the House Speaker has announced that the House Chamber will not be in use until March 18 to allow for a repair of a water in the ceiling of that room. No House votes will be held until that date.

The House is currently tied again at 101 Democrats to 101 Republicans. This is the result of Rep John Galloway (D-Bucks) resigning in December to take the position of district magistrate. A special election to fill that vacancy is scheduled for February 13.

Both the House and Senate will convene in Joint Session on February 6 for the Governor’s Budget Address. In the meantime, both chambers have scheduled meetings and hearings of committees. Budget hearings of Senate and House Appropriations Committees will be held in the weeks after the Governor presentation.