Pa. House leader introduces bill to open primaries to Independents

Tony Romeo
June 06, 2018 - 8:20 am

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- As promised, the Pennsylvania House majority leader has introduced legislation that would open up the state's primary elections to Independent voters. 

Steve Miskin, spokesman for Republican Dave Reed, the House majority leader, says the bill to allow Independents to vote in primaries was introduced last week and on Tuesday was referred to the House Rules Committee, of which Reed is chairman. It is significant that the issue is being spearheaded by a legislative leader, but the clock is running toward lawmakers’ expected end-of-the-month summer recess.

"Obviously, the primary responsibility in June is getting a budget done. That’s where the main focus is going to be," Miskin said. "But there are other issues we are looking at."

Miskin says the primary election bill is one of those issues. The top-ranking state senator, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, has also thrown his support behind opening up primaries to Independents and is expected to introduce his own bill.