Pa. State House makes a number of serious rules changes on opening day


On an otherwise ceremonial swearing-in day, the Pennsylvania State House passed a new set of operating rules Tuesday that carry new language on sexual harassment, criminal convictions and – in a late surprise – another tool to provide legislative oversight of the executive branch.

The changes passed 142-58 with significant bipartisan support, including 32 Democratic votes, after a little-noticed re-write effort headed up by incoming Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County.

Cutler said the work was warranted by some problems in the 2017-18 session the the old rules didn’t effectively deal with, and his desire in taking the GOP floor leader post to re-examine some other longstanding proposals.

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