House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

The House State Government Committee held the second of its two hearings on solutions for improving oversight and relieving regulatory burdens for oil and gas industries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

This hearing focused on past acts of the Pennsylvania legislature and how they can be used to improve future legislation, and current barriers that the Commonwealth faces in regard to competition on a national level with current regulations.

Much of the hearing focused on environmental regulations as they pertain to the oil and gas industry, which have been a bone of contention with some Republican members are stifling economic development and job creation.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Monday morning to discuss the topic of public higher education and the costs associated with it.

The hearing was designed to learn the impact of funding to the system and how legislators could aid the public higher education system through strategic state policy to increase dollars sent to higher education.

Act 188 of 1992 created the state system’s mission statement by employing the highest quality education at the lowest possible cost, but Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states for per student allocation for public higher education according to Dr. Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University faculties (APSCUF).

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Tweets of the Week - June 12, 2017

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and other around Pennsylvania state government. 

Friday, June 16, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Kinship care issues analyzed by House Children and Youth Committee

Kinship care issues analyzed by House Children and Youth Committee

The Pennsylvania House committee on Children and Youth held a hearing Wednesday morning to address thoughts and hear from professionals on grandparents raising their grandchildren.

The testifiers ranged from state legislators to actual grandparents impacted by this evolving situation in the commonwealth. The focus of their testimony was on how the legislators can take action.

Children may fall into the custody of their grandparents from a variety of ways, but the committee aimed to analyze the legal, parental, and financial challenges the grandparents face when trying to take custody of their grandchild. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislators discuss bills to increase voter registration

Legislators discuss bills to increase voter registration

A bicameral group of legislators gathered together Tuesday to discuss legislation they hope helps to promote the ongoing dialogue for easier access to voting and voter registration in Pennsylvania.

The Democratic group of Senators and Representatives noted their concerns, for the last four years, with the lack of movement in addressing voting problems in the commonwealth, but continued that discussion today by speaking of key legislation that tackles the issue at hand.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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