Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

The legislature Tuesday began its three-week slate of budget hearings in what one ranking Appropriations Committee member called an era of “new normal.”

 

The budget hearing process, undertaken by the Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate, traditionally takes place in the period following the governor’s budget address and before the run-up to the enactment of the state budget in early summer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Sen. Casey calls on federal government to make local law enforcement stronger

In a visit to the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), US Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, laid out his plans to increase federal support to help the city and county police departments combat terrorism and support local law enforcement. 

“We’ve had, for years in Washington, members in both the House and Senate that talk tough and blow a lot of hot air about how tough they are on criminals and terrorists,” Sen. Casey said. “Its about time for some of them to focus on the best way to help.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Rozzi reintroduces statute of limitations reform proposal with retroactivity component

Rep. Rozzi reintroduces statute of limitations reform proposal with retroactivity component

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) last week continued his crusade to remove criminal and civil statutes of limitations for childhood sexual abuse cases with a retroactivity/revival window by announcing he has reintroduced his proposal from last session that failed to pass the legislature last session.

 

The bill—House Bill 612—has been dubbed the Rep. Rozzi as “The Real Deal.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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