Legal Reform

Replace the current system of electing judges with merit selection. Stop venue shopping in personal injury suits. Enact a statute of repose in product liability cases. Shield innocent sellers from product liability suits.

Penn State Student Club a Sad Victim of a Much Larger Legal Problem

The outing club can no longer go outside. It seems like a punchline to a bad joke, but in this case it’s the sad reality of the world we live in, and of the environment the productive sector faces every day.

After a risk assessment, Penn State University (PSU) last week severed itself from a student club, the Outing Club, which had organized hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities at the university for 100 years.

The Fairness Center: A Welcome Counterbalance to Bureaucrat Unions

The self-created image of public sector unions as the protector-of-the-little guy is being expertly debunked by a new reform group. A series of legal actions brought by the Harrisburg-based public interest law center, The Fairness Center, reveal an ugly pattern of union bullying and trampling over laws and individual rights. The cases show that unions are really about squashing potential competitive challenges (like charter schools) and forcing workers, who oppose joining a union, to pay dues to support political candidates and activities - a direct violation of state law.

Governor Corbett Continues Reform Agenda

Reforming state government continues to be a big part of Tom Corbett’s agenda. As Attorney General he investigated and prosecuted lawmakers of both parties who used taxpayers’ money and state time for political campaigning, including the “Bonusgate” scandal. In his bid for a second four-year term as governor, he cites past reform accomplishments and additional changes he will pursue over his next term.

PMA Bulletin - April 10, 2014

Strong Showing for Governor Corbett at Annual Conservative Event

Governor Tom Corbett earned praise last Friday from the “dean” of the conservative movement in Pennsylvania. Emphasizing the administration’s pro-growth efforts, Frederick W. Anton III told a crowded ballroom at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill that he was “100 percent behind the re-election of Tom Corbett.”

Pennsylvania’s One of Handful of States With Union Carve-Outs

Ron Miller said that a 2012 US Chamber of Commerce study entitled “Sabotage, Stalking and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Law for Labor Unions” alerted him to the special union carve-out. Pennsylvania stands out in the study, but is certainly not alone. Illinois, California, Nevada, and Wisconsin have similar laws protecting bad actors.

The study notes that the Wisconsin Legislature found it necessary to explicitly state that the crime of sabotage cannot be construed in any way that would impair or curtail any labor organizing activities.