House committee moves bill to lift 300-plus year-old Sunday hunting ban to floor

House committee moves bill to lift 300-plus year-old Sunday hunting ban to floor

Lawmakers moved one step closer Monday to eliminating the three-century-plus ban on Sunday hunting in the state, with a bill amended to protect against trespassing in an attempt to win the support of the state Farm Bureau.

After a contentious public hearing last month, lawmakers voted to advance the bill authored by Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) from the House Game and Fisheries Committee on a 21-4 vote. Rep. Toren Ecker (R-Adams), Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-Cumberland), Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga) and Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford) were the only members to vote in opposition.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would establish act on recommendations to reform the state pension system, provide more opportunities for municipal broadband deployment and require background checks for political candidates.

Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Auditor General: More oversight needed of Game Commission finances

Auditor General: More oversight needed of Game Commission finances

The state Game Commission lacks basic oversight of money paid out by oil and natural gas companies leasing game lands, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday, as he announced the results of a three-year review of the agency’s finances.

DePasquale called on the commission to tighten how it reviews payments from oil and natural gas companies, noting that it does not verify royalty payments to ensure the correct amount is being collected. There also were a series of delinquent payments, which resulted in “significant” amounts of interest owed.
Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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