Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee announced Friday it has scheduled a long-awaited confirmation hearing for currently Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission Thursday unanimously approved a set of final regulations from the Public Utility Commission that are aimed at modernizing the commission’s regulation of taxicabs in order to help them better compete with the recently legalized transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.

 

Stemming from enabling legislation in Act 85 of 2016 and Act 164 of 2016 that allowed the temporary then permanent legalization of TNCs, the legislature tasked the PUC with promulgating new regulations as they pertain to taxicab and motor carrier companies that would allow them to better compete with TNCs, which operate on a different business model than traditional taxi companies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced Thursday it has settled with Uber over the $11.3 million fine it levied against the ride-sharing company last spring for illegally operating as a transportation network company in Pennsylvania without being licensed.

 

More specifically at issue, was a six-month period in 2014 during which Uber operated in Pennsylvania before it was granted an experimental license.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General says Act 13 impact fee needs clarification, better oversight

Auditor General says Act 13 impact fee needs clarification, better oversight

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released an audit of the Public Utility Commission’s oversight of Act 13 impact fee collections and noted corresponding findings demand a revision to the law to provide clarification on how the money can be spent and better oversight of how money is distributed and used.

 

Since its enactment in 2012, the impact fee has brought in around $856 million with $428 million of that split between counties and municipalities. DePasquale noted the performance audit his office recently concluded shows that local spending of the impact fee money is outside the intent of mitigating local impacts of natural gas drilling, some municipalities received overpayments, and changes to the law are needed to better support housing programs under Act 13.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
As winter approaches, Gov. Wolf and other officials kick off LIHEAP application period

As winter approaches, Gov. Wolf and other officials kick off LIHEAP application period

November 2nd marked the first day of enrollment for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan (LIHEAP), a federally funded program administered by Pennsylvania, and Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by other state officials and energy-sector partners to bring awareness to the availability of the program.

For this year’s iteration of the program, Pennsylvania will get about $182 million of $3 billion in available federal funding to administer the grant program, the individual amount of which will be determined based upon an approximated number of participants.

Last year approximately 400,000 households in Pennsylvania participated in the program.

“This is what neighbors do for neighbors,” said Gov. Wolf at a program kick-off event at Harrisburg’s Hamilton Health Center. 

Monday, November 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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