The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is coming back to session next week, and its first task is to pass new and equitable rules for the operation of the House. Speaker Mark Rozzi created a workgroup to reform those rules, and its members have heard testimony from citizens all over the state. We still don’t know exactly what will be proposed, but we are optimistic.
At any rate, it’s time for us to ask our representatives to enact rules that meet the two goals that Pennsylvanians said they want achieved.
First: Create rules that promote true democracy in the House.
Second: Create rules that stop legislation by constitutional amendment.
Too often, in the last ten years, we have seen the Republican leadership use the existing rules to block a majority of legislators —and often a bipartisan majority—from acting. Republican leaders have used the rules not just against Democrats but against their own members.
New rules encourage the majority party to work to build majorities for legislation in the House instead of allowing that party to block them.
And too often, in the last five years, we have seen the Republican leadership seek to bypass the Pennsylvania Constitution’s legislative process with constitutional amendments. If legislators want the people to enact legislation by popular vote, they should give us—not just the majority party—the right to put issues on the ballot.
Contact your legislator today to say you support House rules that enhance democracy in the House.
Marc, Vivienne, Jay, and the We The People–PA team
We The People – PA is a campaign working to ensure that all Pennsylvanians can thrive. We advocate for bold action from state lawmakers to keep our families safe during today’s emergency—and to build a stronger, healthier, and more just future.
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