Time is running out for legislation on hold in Pa. House

    It’s unclear whether debate over a Democratic measure will tie things up in the Pennsylvania House this week.

    A previous session ended when Democrats attempted to advance a proposal urging federal authorities to re-examine how the state handled the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky.

    The four session days left in the state House promise to be among the busiest of the legislative year.

    All unpassed bills and other measures will die at the end of this session.

    Democrats still want to see movement on a non-binding resolution to invite a federal review of the Sandusky case prosecuted by the commonwealth.

    Steve Miskin, the House GOP spokesman, calls the proposal silly, but says Republicans have no plans to try to block it from being considered.

    “If the Democrats choose to spend the limited time in session to debate really a pointless and obviously partisan and political resolution instead of actually taking on legislation that will help protect children in the future, you know, in the end they’ve got to answer to others,” he said.

    The House Democratic spokesman says several unanswered questions remain about why it took so long to prosecute Sandusky when Gov. Tom Corbett was heading the state attorney general’s office.

    He says his caucus is simply trying to have the resolution considered before time runs out this year.

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