PA lawmakers have been working for weeks on bills to change the date of next spring’s PA primary from the current date of April 23rd, for a couple of reasons, mostly because it falls on the Jewish holiday of Passover…and because moving it up would make it more relevant in terms of other primaries across the nation.
There have been two bills in play
One to move it to March 19th, the other to April 2nd. Debate came in late night sessions on the House floor and in amendments made close to midnight. Here’s Republican Russ Diamond.
The March 19th move—by the way was a Senate Bill that was approved by a vote of 45-2 on the Senate floor back on September 20th. The bill was entirely revamped by House Democrats in the ensuing days, voted down overwhelmingly on the House floor and then resurrected and passed this week. Senate Republican Leader Joe Pittman said it’s too late to do anything at this point, which may have been the goal of House Democrats all along because they really haven’t said much on the bill