June 30, 2017
Dinniman Votes Against “Borrow-and-Spend” Budget Plan
HARRISBURG (June 30, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman decried the $32 billion spending plan passed by the Pennsylvania Senate today as a “borrow-and-spend” plan that fails to address the real reasons behind Pennsylvania’s ballooning deficit. Read more
See Vote in the Senate here – Dinniman-No/ Killion-Yes/ McGarrigle-Yes/ Rafferty-Yes
Pennsylvania Senate Approves Bill to Allow Workers to Bring Guns to School
Pennsylvania’s Senate is advancing legislation that would set ground rules for school districts that allow employees to possess a gun on school grounds.
Senators approved the bill 28-22 on Wednesday after an emotional hour-long debate. The bill still requires approval in the House, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he opposes it.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Don White, says he wants to give school districts as many tools as possible to protect children from would-be killers. Sen. Daylin Leach opposed the bill, and read a letter on the Senate floor written by educators who survived the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut saying that having guns wouldn’t have made them or their students safer.
“As the educators who survived Sandy Hook explained, the reality of an active shooter is far different from the movies,” Leach said. “Teachers with guns would not have prevented that shooting, and won’t prevent future shootings. Flaring tempers and honest mistakes are part of daily life in schools, which is why guns shouldn’t be.” Read more
See Vote in the Senate here – Dinniman-No/ Killion-No/ McGarrigle-No/ Rafferty-No