New PennDOT secretary set to come at crossroads for agency, with senators airing concerns over local project funding

New PennDOT secretary set to come at crossroads for agency, with senators airing concerns over local project funding

With news that Gov. Tom Wolf will tap a top PennDOT engineer to replace outgoing secretary Leslie Richards, at least one member of the Senate has said they will oppose the nomination unless there is greater clarity regarding the completion of local projects.

Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) said in a letter to Republican leadership last week that he would not vote for PennDOT Executive Deputy Secretary Yassmin Gramian, Wolf’s choice to replace Richards, unless the agency gives assurances that they will finish “major projects” in his district on time.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Sec. Richards leaving PennDOT to take GM role at SEPTA

Sec. Richards leaving PennDOT to take GM role at SEPTA

SEPTA announced Thursday that its board unanimously approved Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards as its new general manager. She’ll succeed the outgoing Jeffrey Knueppel, who retires at the end of the year.
 
Richards was appointed for a second term as PennDOT secretary earlier this year. She took the role in 2015 as part of the new Wolf administration. Richards is a Montgomery County resident and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served on SEPTA’s board earlier in the decade while a county commissioner.
Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Want those vehicle registration stickers to return to license plates? At least one Republican is pushing his solution to bring a new incarnation of that system back, arguing it would be cheaper for taxpayers and better serve public safety.

But PennDOT officials have taken umbrage with the bill, authored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks). They say that proponents of bringing back the stickers, which would be modified to include the inspection and registration of a car, have used disingenuous statistics and that the current system saves taxpayer money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was released from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, PennDOT confirmed that there will now be a third option on drivers licenses when it comes to a person's sex and Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will be launching a new office that will review and recommend changes to social and protective services. 

 

Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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