House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

The House Appropriations Committee questioned representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) about how the agency ensures it only provides services for those in need.


Republicans expressed concerns about welfare fraud and recipients that are not actively looking for work.


Republicans pushed for House Bill 59 that Gov. Wolf vetoed last session. The bill would have put stronger work requirements onto welfare recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Monday unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) that would further centralize and incentivize agriculture education in Pennsylvania.

 

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education, which will be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

As of June 30, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sat on a funding reserve of $118 million, a report from an independent auditor released Monday morning states.

 

The audit, performed by accounting firm Boyer & Ritter of Camp Hill for the price of $172,500 and accepted by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) Monday shows that the legislative surplus—oft the aim of criticism over legislative transparency and money-hoarding—was down from the surplus of $126 million reported as of June 30, 2015, and nearly $90 million less than the surplus was just a decade ago.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal gun ordinance preemption bill clears House committee

Municipal gun ordinance preemption bill clears House committee

Legislation that would largely reenact the municipal gun ordinance preemption provisions of Act 192 of 2014 overwhelmingly passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

 

The bill, House Bill 2258, would grant standing to Pennsylvania residents who are lawfully able to possess a firearm and membership organizations representing a similarly situated individual to challenge municipal gun ordinances they believe are preempted by state law.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

Work began in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly Tuesday to delay a ballot question set to appear during April’s primary election that, if approved, would increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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