Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

A divided Senate Wednesday afternoon passed Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), which would provide $15 million from the unemployment compensation trust fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund to would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

 

As the bill moved through the chamber by a 39-8 vote, it was touted as a short-term fix that will hopefully set up a longer-term solution.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

The Senate Education Committee Wednesday reported out a number of bills, including one bill that would place additional restrictions on the ability of school boards to approve property tax increases and another bill that would limit the ability of public school employees to accrue benefits while on full-time union leave.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate begins reboot process for municipal gun ordinance preemption bill

Senate begins reboot process for municipal gun ordinance preemption bill

The Senate Local Government Committee Tuesday morning began the reboot of a proposal that would ensure state gun laws preempt municipal gun ordinances by granting membership organizations standing to bring suit on behalf of an aggrieved member.

 

The bill—Senate Bill 5 introduced by freshman Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria)—is the latest iteration of legislation that was actually enacted under the Gov. Tom Corbett administration, but later struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on an issue unrelated to the underlying proposal.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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REAL ID Act compliance effort continues to advance in PA Senate

REAL ID Act compliance effort continues to advance in PA Senate

Legislation introduced by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) that would begin the process of Pennsylvania complying with the federal REAL ID Act continued its advance Monday.

 

Passed in 2005, the federal REAL ID Act requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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