Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) has introduced SB 1382 which would give control of graduation requirements back into the hands of local districts and out of the hands of federal and state governments. Under current law, high school students beginning with the class of 2017 (those currently entering sophomore year) will have to pass high-stakes Keystone Graduation Exams in three subject areas (Algebra I, Biology and Language Arts) in order to earn a diploma. These are developed with no input from teachers teaching those courses. This will simply lead to more “teaching to the test.”
Just a few days ago Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges within a 30 mile radius of the abortion facility. A bill has been introduced in Harrisburg, HB 1762, which would require the same thing, but the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Ron Marsico, is hesitating to run it.
Senator John Eichelberger has also introduced a resolution to reclaim states’ rights, similar to State Representative Daryl Metcalfe’s. Time is of the essence as the deadline to appeal Judge Jones’ decision declaring our Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is one week from today!
Increasingly voters see unelected judges tossing or rewriting laws which have been passed by their elected legislators — clearly unconstitutional actions. State Representative Daryl Metcalfe and State Senator John Eichelberger have introduced resolutions fighting for states’ rights in their respective chambers. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide organization advocating for the natural family, applauds their efforts to reclaim what has been stolen from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Senate Pro-Temp Joe Scarnati and/or House Speaker Sam Smith could and should follow in the footsteps of Theresa Santai Gaffney, the Schuylkill County Register of Wills, in petitioning to intervene in the Whitewood v. Wolf case in which Judge John Jones declared our Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. As members of the Senate and House leadership, they have the authority to ask to intervene.
On Friday with help from Smith Law Group, LLC of Berks County and Clymer, Musser and Conrad of Lancaster County,Theresa Santai Gaffney, the Schuylkill County Register of Wills, filed a Motion to Intervene in the marriage lawsuit wrongly decided by Judge John Jones III on May 20. She is seeking intervention in the case so that the ruling can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Late yesterday afternoon Representative Daryl Metcalfe sent out a Co-sponsorship Memoranda asking for co-sponsors to a resolution “Urging Governor Corbett to Defend State’s Rights.”
As predicted homosexual activists are using Judge Jones’ May 20th decision declaring our Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional to push for the passage of the very dangerous SB 300 (It’s companion bill HB 300 is also currently in the State House.) They know their greatest hope for victory this legislative session is passage in the Senate, since almost half of the Senators have signed on as co-sponsors! These bills would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the PA Human Relations Act. Homosexual activists say this law is needed to stop ‘gays’ from being evicted from their apartments and losing their jobs simply for being ‘gay,’ of course, never offering any documented proof that such is taking place.
HB 1728, “An Act providing for the display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in classrooms and other areas in public school buildings” overwhelming passed in the State House by a vote of 172-24 with one Republican (Chris Ross) and twenty-three Democrats voting against it.
n the footnote on page 30 of Judge John Jones’ decision last week in which he declared PA’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, he claims that any and all efforts to defend natural marriage by way of a constitutional amendment are discriminatory. Since 2006 there have been several attempts to place a Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) before the people for a vote.