State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

As Republicans in the state legislature look toward more private participation in the retail liquor and wine market, one current retail alcohol anathema is being examined for stricter enforcement: so-called “stop-and-go” locations in Philadelphia.

 

Operating on the fringes of the law or blatantly outside of it, the establishments are nicknamed “stop-and-go” due to their status as a convenience store or deli that also sells beer and liquor—sometimes in quantities as low as a single shot—often times consumed on premises or immediately outside the store.

Monday, April 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 41: PSERS executive director Glen Grell

 
The podcast this week features a pension reform can't miss as we sit down with PSERS executive director Glen Grell. Also, a recap of the week's budget news and other items.

Friday, April 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

In the same session week that saw a House Republican crafted budget proposal make its way to the Senate, legislation has been put into the works that would delay a major portion of the budget plan: the consolidation of four human services-related state agencies.

 

The same day that the budget bill passed the House, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) began circulating a cosponsorship memo for legislation to delay the consolidation of the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Aging, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs until studies conducted by the Joint State Government Commission and the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee can be completed and shared with the legislature.

Friday, April 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced Thursday it has settled with Uber over the $11.3 million fine it levied against the ride-sharing company last spring for illegally operating as a transportation network company in Pennsylvania without being licensed.

 

More specifically at issue, was a six-month period in 2014 during which Uber operated in Pennsylvania before it was granted an experimental license.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

The House Judiciary Committee this week voted on a resolution to begin the impeachment process relative to embattled Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese, who has been on a long-term paid suspension since last summer after sexual harassment allegations against him arose.

 

Should the impeachment move forward and be successful, it would be the first impeachment of an elected official in Pennsylvania since PA Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen was impeached in 1994.

 

However, it was not the move to impeach Sheriff Reese that drew debate from committee members, rather an amendment filed to the resolution to begin the process drew concern from a number of Democratic members.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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