House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday used the bulk of its session day to crank through nearly three dozen amendments—many of which drew significant debate—filed to so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

 

The underlying legislation, Senate Bill 166 sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), would disallow the automatic collection of political action committee money from a unionized public employee’s paycheck, but allow the automatic collection of dues money potentially earmarked for political advocacy purposes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House committee advances veto-fated abortion bill

House committee advances veto-fated abortion bill

The House Health Committee on Monday advanced Senate Bill 3 along a party line vote despite a renewed promise from Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

In a move some were hoping would keep the issue from additional floor debate for some time, a motion in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday attempted, but ultimately failed, to send a highly contentious natural gas severance tax bill back to committee.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Monthly, year-to-date state revenue collections above estimates

Monthly, year-to-date state revenue collections above estimates

State revenue collections for the month of November came in above estimate, the Department of Revenue reported Friday.

Friday, December 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Among the many issues confronting the state Department of Corrections is what to do with the ongoing issue of Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis and how affected inmates should be treated for their addiction-related issues.

 

According to Department of Correction Sec. John Wetzel, the department is taking a holistic approach to treating inmates that come into the state prison system with opioid-dependency issues by providing treatment so as to reduce addiction, but also reduce recidivism.

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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