REAL ID Act compliance legislation likely to cross finish line

REAL ID Act compliance legislation likely to cross finish line

The Pennsylvania General Assembly took additional steps Tuesday that will likely result in legislation allowing the Commonwealth to comply with the federal REAL ID Act crossing the legislative finish line later this week.

 

After the bill passed the House Monday afternoon, the Senate on Tuesday sent the measure back with changes of its own.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf to name Insurance Commissioner Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services should consolidation become a reality

Gov. Wolf to name Insurance Commissioner Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services should consolidation become a reality

Gov. Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday where he stated his intention to nominate Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be the Secretary of the proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

This proposed agency combines the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into one larger department.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Pennsylvania State Police lacks complement, funding while lawmakers aim to increase State Police coverage

Pennsylvania State Police lacks complement, funding while lawmakers aim to increase State Police coverage

The Senate Law and Justice committee held a hearing Tuesday to analyze Senate Bill 258 which would allow the contracting of state police for local municipality, borough, or township coverage. The prime sponsor of the bill is Senator Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland).

Senate Bill 258 would not require all municipalities to engage in a contractual agreement with the Pennsylvania State Police, but rather be an alternative option for increased safety in the municipality. The contract would have a minimum payment of $65 an hour to have a State Police Trooper in a municipality.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

House Speaker—and very-nearly-announced Republican candidate for governor—Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was optimistic about a lot of things when he spoke to a crowd gathered at the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

 

First and foremost, with just six weeks before the end of the current fiscal year, he stated his confidence that a state budget will be in place before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Health Secretary Karen Murphy leaves Wolf administration for private sector

Health Secretary Karen Murphy leaves Wolf administration for private sector

The Wolf administration announced Monday that Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy, is leaving the administration for a position in the private sector.

 

According to the governor’s office, Sec. Murphy is expected to remain in her current role until late June or early July.

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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