Bill to end statewide judicial elections scheduled for Tuesday committee vote

Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1848, by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), which would end statewide appellate court judicial elections in Pennsylvania and replace it with a system of merit selection.

As drafted, the legislation would do away with the current statewide system of appellate judge elections while maintaining judicial elections for the courts of common pleas and magisterial district courts. 

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Friday, June 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol All-Stars Game Full Press Conference

Capitol All-Stars Game Full Press Conference

Miss the press conference announcing team captains for the second annual Capitol All-Stars Game? Never fear! The PLS Reporter has you covered with the full video from PCN.

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thursday, June 5, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol All-Stars Game preparation gets underway with “bat-grab” and player draft

Capitol All-Stars Game preparation gets underway with “bat-grab” and player draft

Preparation for the second annual Capitol All-Stars softball game began in earnest today with the East and West teams gathering in the Main Rotunda of the Capitol for the annual “bat-grab” and initial player draft.

According to event sponsors, the bipartisan, bicameral softball game last year netted more than $60,000 to help Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free PA to combat hunger in Pennsylvania.

This year, the game will be held Tuesday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. Like last year, the game will be held a Metro Bank Park on Harrisburg’s City Island.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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BUDGET UPDATE: Bill could be introduced Monday, iGaming might be on the outs, June 30 still a realistic goal

Wednesday was the final legislative day of the first week of June and the budget remained a fluid situation.

“Meetings are continuing and we all agree on what has to be done and we are working on it, trying to get votes,” House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) told The PLS Reporter.

He said a budget bill could be introduced early next week, with other sources confirming it could come as soon as Monday. 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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iGaming Could Mean Regulatory Concerns and Likely Revenue, Hearing Reveals

As previewed by The PLS Reporter, the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a hearing on Pennsylvania’s gaming industry Tuesday, with a focus on what the introduction of internet gaming—or iGaming—could mean for Pennsylvania.

“It should be,” said Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) in regard to whether iGaming should be part of the revenue picture for the upcoming budget.

Sen. Scarnati, the Senate President Pro Tempore, was the author of Senate Resolution 273, which became the enabling impetus for a report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on iGaming and other gaming reforms for Pennsylvania.

That report was the starting point for today’s hearing.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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