Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

A bill designed to delay the proposed consolidation of four human services related state agencies for up to a year passed along a narrow margin from the House Human Services Committee Wednesday.

 

However, the bill has an uncertain future as more specifics about the consolidation plan become known.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal gun ordinance preemption bills get PA legislative spotlight

Municipal gun ordinance preemption bills get PA legislative spotlight

The Pennsylvania Senate Tuesday afternoon passed by a 34-16 vote a bill that would allow membership organizations such as the NRA to sue municipalities on behalf of aggrieved members over gun ordinances that are already preempted by state law.

 

The House considered amendments to similar legislation that was ultimately unchanged despite several dozen amendments being filed to the proposal.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released a long-awaited audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation system call centers and funding that was supposed to be used for technology upgrades and system infrastructure improvements.

 

DePasquale’s office started the audit earlier this year after a number of legislators requested his office look into spending related to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund within the UC system following the refusal of Senate Republicans to vote on legislation extending SIIF funding due to concerns over mismanagement of money and the failure of the Wolf administration to lay out a plan to relieve the state of funding what used to be federal obligations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State-level lead remediation study group a step closer to formation

State-level lead remediation study group a step closer to formation

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday morning unanimously approved Senate Resolution 33, legislation introduced by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) that would form two groups to study the issue of lead remediation throughout the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf signs short-term UC funding fix

Gov. Wolf signs short-term UC funding fix

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday evening he has signed Senate Bill 250, now Act 1 of 2017, legislation that will provide $15 million of funding to the state’s Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that is used to fund IT improvements and additional staff at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers.

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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