Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks

Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address the treatment of incarcerated mothers, prevailing wage requirements for school districts and municipalities and state laws pertaining to fireworks.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill which would speed up the timeline for landlords to carry out the eviction of their tenants, despite concerns that the measure might be unconstitutional.

Authored by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee on a party-line vote, HB 71 would require an order of possession be issued within two days of a tenant’s appeal window being exhausted if a judge sides with the landlord in an eviction case.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

The full House voted Tuesday to approve a major increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, despite concerns from Democrats over elements ranging from the bill’s escalator clause to allegations that certain schools discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion.

Past increases to the EITC have drawn broad bipartisan support. 31 Democrats voted in favor of a more modest increase to the EITC and its counterpart, the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit, last session.

Tuesday, however, only four Democrats voted to join Republicans in supporting the measure. That is due, critics say, to the more drastic nature of the legislation. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - March 25, 2019

Tweets of the Week - March 25, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill creating new standards for lead in public building renovations Thursday. They also passed a resolution supporting Governor Tom Wolf (D) and his Restore Pennsylvania plan.

The lead bill came out of recent committee hearings calling for more stringent testing for lead in children and properties, both public and residential. While receiving more attention statewide recently, this has been an area of focus for years in Philadelphia, where youth have disproportionately tested highly? Positive? for lead in their bodies, which leads to a variety of developmental problems.
Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: News and Views
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