Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Many lawmakers and conservationists breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it would halt permit review on the controversial Mariner East pipeline.

But not Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester).

“On the heels of that announcement, I’m watching bulldozers roll into my neighborhood right now,” Friel Otten said. “As I drive through my community, they are ramping up to get started on construction throughout Chester County again.”
Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Push to expand state's film tax credit reignites debate over the program's value

Push to expand state's film tax credit reignites debate over the program's value

Want to film your movie or TV show in Pennsylvania? Some lawmakers are trying to make it more enticing for film studios to answer that question with a “yes.”

Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) announced a proposal Monday that would almost double the amount of money allocated for the state’s tax credit for film and TV productions. The current cap on the program sits at $65 million but Killion’s bill would see that rise to $125 million.
Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

The Pennsylvania General Assembly did the seemingly impossible this session — it passed a bill related to firearms.

"It had the word 'weapon,' it dealt with guns,” Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) said of HB 2060, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed in October. “In Pennsylvania, that's never supposed to happen."
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

After two years of pushing for a bill to restrict domestic abusers access to firearms, Deb Marteslo, Pennsylvania lead for Moms Demand Action, was nervous before the last barrier to the governor’s desk — a final floor vote in the state Senate.

“We’ve been stymied so many times, I wasn’t allowing myself to think it’s a done deal,” Marteslo said.

But by a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the senators approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

A bill meant to strip firearms from convicted domestic abusers advanced out of committee Monday, but details have Senators from both sides of the aisle questioning the bill despite a similar measure passing unanimously in spring.

Passed last week by a bipartisan 131-62 margin in the House, HB 2060 shortens the length of time from 60 days to 24 hours for a final PFA recipient to hand over their guns, while also removing a provision that allowed friends and family hold to hold the firearms for safekeeping.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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