Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has taken up an ambitious agenda early in the 2017-2018 term, addressing in its first three full session weeks bills dealing with natural gas minimum royalties and statute of limitations reform for child sex abuse cases.

 

As the Senate recessed for its annual round of budget hearings Wednesday, it did so after passing two other controversial proposals – one that would restrict abortions in Pennsylvania by disallowing them after the 21st week and one labeled “paycheck protection” in that it would prohibit the automatic deduction of public employee union dues money that would be used for political purposes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Point/Counterpoint: Eichelberger and Leach discuss views on bill to eliminate statutory protection of teacher paid time off

Point/Counterpoint: Eichelberger and Leach discuss views on bill to eliminate statutory protection of teacher paid time off

Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) joined The PLS Reporter for separate interviews where they discussed their different views on SB 229, a bill that would remove statutory protections for public school teachers' paid time off.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Hickernell shares views as new House Education chairman

Rep. Hickernell shares views as new House Education chairman

With changes to both the Senate and House Education Committees, The PLS Reporter has been talking with the new chairmen to get their views on what they might prioritize in terms of education policy and what new their committees might address in the coming session.

This week, we talk with Rep. David Hickernell (R-Lancaster) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the House Education Committee, who told us one of his priorities will be discussing and advancing legislation that will provide Pennsylvania students with a diverse range of educational choices.

Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
Categories: News and Views
Senate starts process of allowing Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees

Senate starts process of allowing Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee sent two bills to the full Senate for consideration Wednesday that would, in sum, allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees.

 

Currently, the two commissions are funded largely by fees from licenses and the mechanism to raise licensing fees rests solely with the General Assembly.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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