The House of Representatives was designed to be “the people’s house”: the most representative, accountable body, presenting the concerns of constituents and introducing legislation on their behalf. Our PA House has strayed far from that goal.
Procedural rules in our Pennsylvania Legislature matter. The first vote of the new session puts rules in place for the next two years. In many states, automatic calendar rules ensure bills are given a hearing and brought to a vote. In Pennsylvania, just one leader can shut down a vote on a popular bill with strong bipartisan support. That deprives us ALL of real representation.
We are asking our legislators to co-sponsor House Resolutions 11 to 20. HR 11 would create a committee to study the rules and recommend changes. 12 to 20 would introduce reforms that would ensure bills with bipartisan support are given a vote in committee, that bills reported favorably from committee are guaranteed debate and a vote on the House floor and that bills move more quickly through the process, rather than be used as bargaining chips in the last few days of session. Find details and prime sponsor information here.
We expect real representation. #ReformtheRules
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My name is [Name] and I am a constituent of District [Number] from [City/Town]. I’m [calling/writing/visiting] today to ask you to support reform of House procedural rules.
When a bipartisan bill like last session’s House Bill 722 receives support from a majority of legislators and has strong public support, it’s inexcusable that one person, elected by one district, could effectively block reform supported by millions of Pennsylvania voters.
Please co-sponsor House Resolution 11, to create a committee to study the rules and recommend changes, AND please also co-sponsor House Resolutions 12 to 20, changes that would ensure bills with bipartisan support are given a vote in committee and that bills reported favorably from committee are guaranteed debate and a vote on the House floor.
I would also appreciate it if you would talk with your colleagues about ways to work together to make our PA House more responsive to voters and to allow every PA representative the ability to move bills with bipartisan support to a final vote.
Is there anything I as a constituent can do to help further progress on the issue?
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