Commissioners to ‘look into’ Senate bill at request of resident

WELLSBORO – At the request of a Millerton resident, at least one Tioga County commissioners said he will “look into” what Senate Bills 538 and 94 which will change how electoral votes are allocated in a presidential election in Pennsylvania, are all about.

John Kesich asked if the commissioners had heard of the bills or were going to take any action on them.

Commissioner Roger Bunn said, “It’s an interesting topic that deserves looking into. You make some good points in your email.”

In his email to commissioners, Kesich called on them to lobby Gov. Tom Corbett, state Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati III, and state Rep. Matthew E. Baker against both bills and in favor of the National Popular Vote Bill or explain why they choose not to, and issue a clear, unambiguous press release outlining what they think should be done regarding the electoral college.

The bills, Kesich added, might be coming up for a vote soon, without much publicity and he asked the commissioners if that concerned them.

Kesich also brought up Senate Bill 411 which “basically immunizes the gas drilling industry for spills and accidents.”

“It is a ‘get out of jail free card’ and seems to be coming up for a vote soon without being aired in public,” he said.

Commissioner Erick Coolidge said the bill grants “no leniency to any companies in our county or the commonwealth that I am aware of.”

“The emphasis is placed on accountability. If a drop of fresh or flowback water falls, it has to be reported and it is,” he said.

The commissioners’ next meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Morris Township office.