State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

A House bill that cleared that chamber in late April cleared the Senate Finance Committee Monday morning along a party-line vote.

 

The bill, House Bill 1071, has been introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), and is targeted toward municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees on recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments and could potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

With the 2015-2016 legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly expected to come to a close Wednesday, lawmakers started separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of what might become law Monday with items like pension reform and a possible fix and/or expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania taking top position of what lawmakers hope to get done before heading home for the election.

Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate returns budget to House with increased higher education funding, lower spend number

Senate returns budget to House with increased higher education funding, lower spend number

The Senate Wednesday afternoon returned to the House the budget that chamber passed less than a day earlier, but increasing higher education funding by 2.5 percent and lowering the overall spend number to $31.53 billion.

 

Only three Senators—Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango)—opposed the spending plan.

 

The spending plan voted on by the Senate Wednesday found its $40 million increase to be shared by Pennsylvania’s state-related schools and other institutions of higher education by shifting money from lines said not to be priorities to the House or the governor and was able to obtain its bipartisan support by increasing funding in areas like the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

In a rare move Tuesday, both the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees took the step of voting to disapprove regulations promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection that would put new requirements on Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industries.

The regulations are due to be considered by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission next Thursday, and while Tuesday’s action by the committee does not stop the regulations from moving forward, it does start the process of allowing the legislature to take the formal step of moving a disapproval resolution should the commission approve the regulations next week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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