Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

It was a year ago this week that Gov. Tom Wolf signed major alcohol sales reform legislation, and this week the legislature sent him the largest public pension reform legislation Pennsylvania has seen in decades.

 

After years of work, debate, and emotion, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives put the final votes to Senate Bill 1, passing the measure by a vote of 143-52 Thursday morning.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Education approves bills to provide CTE graduation flexibility and increase funding for EITC/OSTC

House Education approves bills to provide CTE graduation flexibility and increase funding for EITC/OSTC

Meeting for the first time Monday for the 2017-2018 legislative session and under the helm of new Majority Chairman Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster), the House Education Committee took up a number of bills, including one that would provide graduation flexibility for career and technical education (CTE) students and another increasing the limit for the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC).

 

Both bills are sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers were rejoicing Thursday over the fact that all three of the region’s state prisons that were slated for potential closure will remain open.

 

The three that might have closed were SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

The House Education Committee Monday unanimously approved House Bill 2381, legislation introduced by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would provide graduation requirement flexibility to students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) and eliminate the statutory requirement of the development of seven additional Keystone Exams.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

A budget and pension discussion-packed podcast awaits you! Hear budget updates from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Appropriations Chairmen Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny). 

We get into the pension bill that passed the House this week, getting Senate reaction from Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), and Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna). Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who sponsored the proposal, provides a defense of his plan.

The crew also talks about the legalization and regulation of daily fantasy sports betting, hearing from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and House Gaming Oversight Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin). 

The podcast then turns to a talk on statute of limitations reform with comments from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).

We wrap up talking about a hearing creating a centralized agency for administrative hearings and what's new with combatting the opioid addiction epidemic.

All of that in less than 30 minutes!

CLICK HERE to listen to the latest episode.

Friday, June 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
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