Per diem reform bills face tough challenge

Attempting to deliver on a campaign promise, freshman Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) has teamed up with veteran lawmaker Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to introduce a measure that would reform how state lawmakers are reimbursed for expenses while on legislative duty.

The pair recently introduced Senate Bill 335, which would change the flat-rate reimbursement for lawmakers who claim expenses while on legislative duty and instead require them to submit receipts for reimbursement of actual costs.

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Gov. Wolf taps law school dean, county judge for seats on PA high court

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday evening announced his selections to fill two vacancies on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, picking Duquesne University Law Dean and Professor Kenneth Gormley and Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler.

Gov. Wolf noted the selections were arrived at in “a collaborative process” with Senate leadership.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Purely public charities constitutional amendment receives Senate hearing

Noting the weightiness of the issue, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Wednesday afternoon on the much debated constitutional amendment to place the authority of determining what entities are purely public charities solely within the scope of the General Assembly.

Purely public charities are constitutionally exempt from many revenue generating taxes. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Determination as to OOR head’s independence will have to wait a month

Determination as to OOR head’s independence will have to wait a month

Wednesday saw the much-anticipated Commonwealth Court hearing to decide whether the Corbett-appointed head of the Office of Open Records, Erik Arneson, was rightly fired by Gov. Tom Wolf come and go.

The hearing ended in an agreement between the parties that there will be a new hearing before an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court on March 11 to bring final resolution to the matter.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Bill requiring those seeking state benefits to prove citizenship moves closer to passage

A bill that would require adults seeking state benefits to show proof of citizenship moved through the Senate State Government Committee Wednesday.

The bill—Senate Bill 9—was introduced this session by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette).

He told The PLS Reporter that the bill is about accountability.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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