Dissecting Pennsylvania’s Legislature

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A noted author and longtime observer of state legislatures will address lawmakers in Pennsylvania later this month. Alan Rosenthal, a professor with the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University will  head up a symposium about lawmaking, and balancing executive and judicial power.

Spokesperson Joseph McLaughin Jr. says Rosenthal will give Pennsylvania lawmakers,”a unique opportunity to take steps away from huge problems, and to think about how the institution can be improved.”

Rosenthal has no magic formula for how legislatures should be structured, but as an engaged observer, of state assemblies since the 1960′s. His conclusion is that lawmakers need to consider the approach their predecessors took; viewing it as an institution, not as an individual, which Rosenthal underscores were evidently characteristic 40 years ago, and among the reasons legislatures of the past were more effective.

However, Rosenthal’s overriding message, Mclaughlin told Rock The Capital, is tied to the future improving legislatures will come through,”investing in skills, and a commitment to the institution.”

Also, speaking at the symposium, A. James Reichley. Reichley served as a legislative secretary to Governor William Scranton and was a scholar at the Brookings Institute.

The February 28th forum is only open to members of the General Assembly.

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