Bill regulating health insurance exchange navigators advances

The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday advanced legislation from Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) that would place regulations on federal Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange navigators.

Couched by Sen. Eichelberger as a consumer protection measure, the bill—Senate Bill 293—would require the navigators undergo criminal background checks and be registered with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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UPDATED: Senators seek to slow down bills increasing mandatory judicial retirement age

As two bills that would increase Pennsylvania’s mandatory judicial retirement age took another step to completion Tuesday, some senators called for the process to be slowed down.

House Bill 90 is a constitutional amendment that would increase the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75. House Bill 89 is the statutory fix to align current statutory language with the constitutional provision once the amendment is approved by the voters.

Both bills moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee in a Tuesday meeting, with only Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) voting in the negative.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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And the nominees are... Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel

And the nominees are... Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel

Meet Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. Learn more about what his career before he was nominated to the position, how he would like to see the department grow, and what he likes to do during any free time that he can find.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Despite Executive Order, state parks and forests remain vulnerable to gas drilling

Despite Executive Order, state parks and forests remain vulnerable to gas drilling

Gov. Tom Wolf at the end of January reissued a Rendell-era Executive Order placing a moratorium on natural gas drilling and development on state parks and forest lands.

However, the order only applied to land where the Commonwealth owns both the surface and subsurface rights.

This leaves privately held subsurface mineral rights in state lands open to natural gas drilling should the subsurface owners enter lease agreements with gas companies.

Friday, February 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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UPDATED: Gov. Wolf issues moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

UPDATED: Gov. Wolf issues moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced he is placing a moratorium on future use of the death penalty in Pennsylvania until he receives and reviews the report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Capital Punishment and any recommendations in the report are addressed.

“This moratorium is in no way an expression of sympathy for the guilty on death row, all of whom have been convicted of committing heinous crimes," the governor said in the Friday announcement. "This decision is based on a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective, unjust, and expensive."

Friday, February 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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