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Electoral college vote bill 'dead'?

Published by Laura Olson on .

With a post to Facebook, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi shared the news with his friends that his proposal to change how the state's electoral votes are allocated is out of discussions for now.

That plan, which drew loud protests from Democrats and harsh national media coverage, would dole out the state's 20 electoral votes with 18 going to the presidential winner in each congressional district, and the remaining two to the statewide winner of that contest.

According to a Capitolwire.com article pointing out this proclamation, Pileggi said the controversial proposal will have to be revisited once their more pressing fall issues are completed.

“The proposal to reform the allocation of Pennsylvania's electoral college votes is a significant change with considerable impact. Advancing this legislation will require a concerted and sustained effort involving the Senate, the House and the Governor. At this time, my primary focus is completing our work on legislation regarding education reforms, the Marcellus Shale industry and transportation funding. When those items are finished, we can revisit the electoral college reform legislation, although I do not believe there will be sufficient time to advance it this year.”

The post, as Capitolwire also notes, came hours after Gov. Corbett offered this lukewarm reassertion of his backing: "I see no movement on it. I’m not going to push for movement on it, but I still support it."

(Or translated out of the politician-ese, the rough equivalent of, "Meh.")

Pileggi's spokesman said the measure could still reappear in the spring, though one prominent opponent, Sen. Daylin Leach, said the delay leaves the proposal "essentially dead."

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