Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee advanced Senate Bill 250 Tuesday afternoon along an 8-4 vote.

 

The legislation, introduced by Committee Majority Chairman Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), would provide $15 million in funding from employee contributions to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania started the process of complying with the federal REAL ID Act Wednesday with the Senate Communications and Technology Committee advancing legislation to repeal Act 38 of 2012 and asking the US Department of Homeland Security for another extension of time to allow Pennsylvania to develop a compliant identification card.

 

Passed in 2005, the 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.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Industrial hemp legislation gaining momentum in Senate

Industrial hemp legislation gaining momentum in Senate

Legislation that would allow for a limited and regulated industrial hemp industry in Pennsylvania has been reported to the Senate floor after a unanimous passage from the Senate Agriculture and Rural affairs committee.

House Bill 967 was passed by the House earlier this year with a unanimous vote.

Thursday, June 23, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Senate committee examines proposal to create independent executive hearing office

Senate committee examines proposal to create independent executive hearing office

Testifiers came before Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Chair of Senate State Government committee, to speak about Senate Bill 413 and the possible creation of an Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) as an independent piece of the executive department.

The prime sponsor of SB 413 is Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law

Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law

With the final vote in the House Wednesday coming in at 149 in favor and 46 opposed, legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is set to become law.

Before the final vote, legislative leaders commented on the journey that got the bill to where it is.

“It has been a long process, a lot of folks have worked very hard on it,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Sen. Folmer started the process a number of years ago and deserves a lot of credit for moving Pennsylvania forward on this issue. We’ve had a lot of members in the House—Rep. Cox, Rep. Gainey, Rep. Regan—who have worked very hard as well as Chairman Marsico and Chairman Petrarca.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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