UC funding bill heads to Wolf’s desk

UC funding bill heads to Wolf’s desk

In one of the last major pieces of legislation awaiting completion by the General Assembly prior to the end of 2017, the state Senate passed legislation aimed at providing an “exit ramp” for ending state funding of unemployment compensation system upgrades by a vote of 43-5.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

After days of speculation and one cancelled vote in committee as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced Wednesday that Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) has resigned as a member of the Senate Education Committee and is being replaced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Eleventh hour effort by severance tax supporters to bring up legislation fails

Eleventh hour effort by severance tax supporters to bring up legislation fails

A late night effort Tuesday by a bipartisan group of supporters of natural gas severance tax legislation failed to get the constitutional majority needed to call the bill up to continue debate on the amendment process related to the legislation.

 

While the motion by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) received a majority vote from members present, such a motion requires a constitutional majority of all members seated in the House.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Paycheck protection bill fails in House

Paycheck protection bill fails in House

Senate Bill 166, legislation sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) that would disallow the automatic collection of political action committee money from a unionized public employee’s paycheck, but allow the automatic collection of dues money potentially earmarked for political advocacy purposes, failed to gain a majority vote in the House of Representatives in a Tuesday night vote.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Abortion bill poised for Wolf veto

Abortion bill poised for Wolf veto

After a 121-70 vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday evening, Senate Bill 3—legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation and ban so-called “dismemberment abortions—is poised to head to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

 

The governor has vowed to veto the legislation.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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