A local legislator’s proposal to give voters a chance to reduce the number of state representatives is moving forward in Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee recently voted in favor of HB 153, which was introduced by state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th.
Knowles’ proposal is to reduce the number of state representatives to 151 from 203.
The approval, which passed with a vote of 14-10, saw the Republican majority supporting the bill and the Democratic minority opposing it.
A former kennel owner was in court Jan. 18 facing charges relating to 38 animals SPCA animal control officers removed from his Heidelberg Township property last May.
Derbe Eckhart, 50, of Central Road, Germansville, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing yesterday but showed up more than a half-hour after it was scheduled to begin.
District Judge Tom Creighton held the hearing in absentia, and carried over all charges against Eckhart for trial.
Creighton said Eckhart had car trouble not far from the district court office in Slatington.
Pa. State Troopers investigating the November 2013 disappearance of Holly Grim of Lower MAcungie Township interviewed hundreds of people in connection with the case, ruling out potential suspects one-by-one.
But they were never able to rule out one co-worker, Michael Gene Horvath, 49, of Saylorsburg, Monroe County.
On Oct. 13, nearly three years after Grim vanished from her home, police charged Horvath with criminal homicide in connection with her death.
Aryaman Khandelwal is not old enough to vote in this year’s presidential election.
But the Parkland High School sophomore is probably more informed than many adults who will cast ballots this fall.
Khandelwal, 15, won this year’s American Legion Oratorical Contest for the Eastern section of Pennsylvania.
The contest took place Feb. 13 at Jim Thorpe High School.
A local candidate for state representative has been knocked off the ballot for April’s primary election after a successful legal challenge. And another candidate is still awaiting the outcome of a suit to decide his fate in the election.
A petition was upheld in Commonwealth Court last week to exclude the nominating petitions of Marc Grammes, a former Lehigh County commissioner, in his bid for the 183rd Legislative District.
The petition was filed by Northampton County residents Alice J. Walls, Mark A. Cuth and Adam J. Swift III.