Sam Smith en PA House Speaker Says He Won’t Run For Re-Election <p>Pennsylvania’s state House Speaker says he won’t run for re-election this year, after 27 years serving in the Legislature.<br /><br />Sam Smith, a 14-term Republican legacy from Punxsutawney, said he just stopped enjoying the job.<br /><br />“I wasn’t putting 100 percent into it, in the sense that I used to always say – no matter how bad and crazy things were around here – I could say, ‘Yeah but I still really enjoy my work, I really love the fights, the battles, the political wrangling that goes on,’” Smith said. “You need to really want to be doing it.”<br /> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:51:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 24274 at $100 Surcharge on Speeding Tickets Slowing Action on Transportation Bill <p></p><p>A transportation funding bill for Pennsylvania is still stuck in park.</p><p>But while negotiations continue, the fate of one of its more controversial mechanisms for generating revenue is still unsettled.</p><p>The state Senate’s plan to fund infrastructure includes tacking a 100 dollar surcharge onto certain traffic violations, like speeding tickets.&nbsp;&nbsp;Most of the money would go toward mass transit.&nbsp;The Senate projected the surcharge would raise as much as 75 million dollars in the first year of implementation.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:01:31 +0000 Mary Wilson 18899 at In Harrisburg, At Least 3 Proposals to Trim PA Legislature <p>Although Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state, it has the largest full-time legislature in the nation with 253 members (203 in the House, 50 in the Senate).</p><p>At least three different proposals to reduce the size of the General Assembly are floating around the state capitol.</p><p>The Speaker of the House, Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) said he will introduce two measures: one that would reduce the House to 153 members, and the other to shrink the Senate to 38.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:54:29 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14850 at