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The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the U.S. state of Pennsylvania's legislative branch, seated at the state's capital, Harrisburg. It has been a bicameral legislature since 1790. photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran Harrisburg, Pennsylvania File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran Harrisburg, Pennsylvania File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties/Parishes/Boroughs, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Dauphin Incorporated 1791 Charter 1860 Government  - Mayor Stephen R. Reed (D) Area  - City  11. ... Image:WashingtonDC Capitol USA2. ... Year 1790 (MDCCXC) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Membership

The General Assembly has 253 members, making it the second-largest state legislature in the nation (behind New Hampshire) and the largest full-time legislature. It consists of a Senate with 50 members and a House of Representatives with 203 members. Republicans hold a 29-21 majority in the Senate. The Democrats currently hold a 102-101 majority in the House; however, a moderate Republican, Dennis M. O'Brien, is Speaker. Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... The Pennsylvania State Senate is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislative branch of Pennsylvania government. ... The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is one of two co-equal houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Dennis M. OBrien is the 137th and current Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. ...


The Pennsylvania general elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every even-numbered year. A vacancy for a seat must be filled by special election. The presiding officer of the respective house sets the date for such elections.


Senators must be at least 25 years old and Representatives at least 21 years old. They must also be citizens and inhabitants of the state for a minimum of four years, living in their respective districts for at least one year. Individuals who have been convicted of various felonies including embezzlement bribery and perjury are ineligible for election. The Pennsylvania Constitution also adds the category of "other infamous crimes" which can be broadly interpreted by state courts. No one who has been previously expelled from the General Assembly may be elected in the future.


Legislative districts are drawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census. Districts are drawn by a five-member commission, of which four members are the majority and minority leaders of both houses (or their delegates). The fifth member (and chairperson of the committee) is appointed by the other four and may not be an elected or appointed official. If the leadership cannot decide upon a fifth member, the State Supreme Court may appoint the chairperson. The U.S. Census is mandated by the United States Constitution. ...


While in office, legislators cannot hold civil office. Even if a member resigns, the Constitution states that the individual may not be appointed to civil office for the duration of the original term for which they were originally elected. The Byzantine civil service in action. ... A resignation occurs when a person holding a position gained by election or appointment steps down. ...


Legislative Sessions

The Capitol Complex
The Capitol Complex

The General Assembly meets at noon on the first Tuesday of January and then regularly throughout the year. Both houses adjourn on November 30 in even numbered years when the terms of all members of the House and half the members of the Senate expire. Neither body can adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other. PA Capital Complex I, the creator of this image, hereby release it into the public domain. ... PA Capital Complex I, the creator of this image, hereby release it into the public domain. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining. ...


The Governor of Pennsylvania may call a special session in order to press for legislation on important issues. Most recently, a special session was called for the purpose of property tax reform. List of Pennsylvania Governors The office of Pennsylvania governor was created by the states Constitution of 1790. ...


The Assembly meets in the Capitol building which was completed in 1906. Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, the Assembly must meet in the City of Harrisburg and can only move if given the consent of both chambers. For other uses, see Capitol (disambiguation). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The current Constitution of Pennsylvania, most recently revised in 1968, forms the law for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ...


General assembly leadership

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Dennis M. O'Brien (R) [1] The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is one of two co-equal houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Dennis M. OBrien is the 137th and current Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. ...

Majority Party (D) Leadership Position Minority Party (R)
H. William DeWeese Floor Leader Samuel H. Smith
Keith R. McCall Whip David G. Argall
Mark B. Cohen Caucus Chairperson Sandra Major
Frank Dermody Caucus Secretary Jerry Stern
Dwight Evans Appropriations Committee Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr.
Dan A. Surra Caucus Administrator Merle H. Phillips
Todd A. Eachus Policy Committee Chairman Mike Turzai

H. William DeWeese (born April 18, 1950) is the Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. ... Samuel H. Smith (b. ... Mark B. Cohen is a state legislator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ...

Pennsylvania State Senate

President Pro Tempore: Joseph B. Scarnati III (R) The Pennsylvania State Senate is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislative branch of Pennsylvania government. ...

Majority Party (R) Leadership Position Minority Party (D)
Dominic F. Pileggi Floor Leader Robert J. Mellow
Jane Clare Orie Whip Michael A. O'Pake
Michael L. Waugh Caucus Chairman Jay Costa Jr.
Robert D. Robbins Caucus Secretary Gerald J. LaValle
Gibson E. Armstrong Appropriations Committee Chairman Vincent J. Fumo
Caucus Administrator Constance H. Williams
Jake Corman Policy Committee Chairman Richard A. Kasunic

Robert J. Mellow is the Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate. ... Vincent Fumo (born May 8, 1943) is a State Senator from Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County. ...

2005 pay raise controversy

In the early morning hours of July 7, 2005, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed pay increases for state lawmakers, judges, and top executive-branch officials. ...

See also

The 2006 Pennsylvania legislative elections saw the entire 203-member Pennsylvania House of Representatives and half of the Pennsylvania State Senate contested. ...

Sources

External links

  • Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • Legislative Process

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