Lawmakers return to Harrisburg for a special session

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – After six weeks of inactivity, the Pennsylvania State House will resume work in Harrisburg tomorrow, February 21.

The State House has called a special session, but what does that mean?

The special session will focus on remedies for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, something that has become a priority for House Speaker Mark Rozzi.

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The three new Democratic state representatives from Allegheny County, who won the special election held two weeks ago, are also expected to be sworn in during the special session, which will cement a narrow 102-to-101 majority for Democrats.

Rozzi’s future as Speaker of the House of Representatives is uncertain. Will he introduce operational procedures he calls “Rozzi Rules,” which he says he’s been working on?

The House has set four days for the special session this week.

Lawmakers will then return next week when they begin to introduce legislation and carry on as usual.

The Democrats are calling it a new day. Republicans criticize that it took so long.

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“We’re going to be talking about workforce development, community betterment, education, healthcare reform, all of these issues that we haven’t been able to address in over a decade. We are ready to move forward and it is positive news that will uplift our communities,” said Jared Soloman (D-Philadelphia).

“The announcer claims he is trying to break the deadlock here in Harrisburg. Unfortunately, I think he’s the creation of that,” Republican House Speaker Bryan Cutler said.

The State House should be preparing for a serious change as Republicans have controlled the State House 24 of the last 28 years, including the last 12 straight years. Lawmakers return to Harrisburg for a special session

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