Baker running for Senate GOP Approps Chair

Adding an additional layer of intrigue into Wednesday’s anticipated Senate Republican caucus leadership elections, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) has thrown her name into consideration for Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a letter obtained by The PLS Reporter.

The letter, dated November 7, comes on the heels of a group of Senators announcing their leadership candidacies as a slate, not including current Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware). 

Saturday, November 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Is change coming to Senate GOP leadership?

A letter circulated to Senate Republicans this week obtained by The PLS Reporter seeks support for a slate of leadership candidates not including long-time and current Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

According to the November 6th letter, the slate proposed by the authors maintains the current Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), but has Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) as Leader, Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) as Appropriations Committee chair, Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) as Whip, Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) as Caucus Chairman, and Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin) as Caucus Administrator.

Friday, November 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Focus narrowing for Basic Education Funding Commission

Thursday, the Basic Education Funding Commission held its seventh hearing aimed to help in its mission to provide the legislature with a new basic education funding formula for consideration.

According to Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), the focus of the commission is starting to narrow to common themes of concerns expressed at the hearings. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate leaders sue lame duck Corbett

As if the results from Tuesday’s election were not bad enough for Gov. Tom Corbett, he now has a much-anticipated lawsuit on his hands.

Tuesday, leaders from both the Republican and Democratic Caucuses in the Senate filed suit against Gov. Corbett, a number of cabinet officials, and Treasurer Rob McCord challenging the governor’s July line-item veto of certain parts of the Fiscal Code, General Appropriations Act of 2014, and moving certain funds into budgetary reserve.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lame duck sessions: From efficiency to anathema

Prior to last session, lame duck voting sessions were commonplace in the General Assembly, with the legislature considering proposals after the General Election in a fervor leading up to the Constitutionally required end of session.

In 2008, the Senate ended their practice of holding substantive lame duck sessions.

With the general election now over, The PLS Reporter takes a historical look at lame duck sessions in Pennsylvania and what lead to the decision to no longer hold them.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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