Supreme court effort to reduce civil caseload backload draws praise

Monday, the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) announced that it has reduced the civil caseload backlog in the Courts of Common Pleas by 19 percent and has taken measures to ensure the caseload backlog is further diminished going into the future.

The reduction in caseload came primarily as a result of what was referred to as “a massive data clean up” that removed cases from the civil docket that were inactive, settled, or otherwise disposed of without notice to the court.

Monday, September 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.25.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.25.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • PennFuture, joined by various environmental, social, business and religious organizations, held a press conference in the Main Rotunda Thursday to call on Gov. Corbett and the Dept. of Environmental Department to swiftly implement the U.S. EPA’s new carbon emission standards. 
  • Lawmakers, legislative staff, higher education advocates and representatives from private colleges gathered today in the Capitol Main Rotunda to learn about the economic value of independent colleges in a symposium called, “Starting up PA: How Pennsylvania’s Private Colleges and Universities are Helping Pennsylvanians Get Back to Work.” The press conference was hosted by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), offered a unique perspective on the role independent higher education plays in preparing students to enter the workforce

Thursday, September 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators reflect on Capitol All-Stars Game participation

Legislators reflect on Capitol All-Stars Game participation

As the dust settled and sore bodies began to heal, legislators took time on Wednesday to reflect on their participation in the second annual Capitol All-Stars Game.

Thursday, September 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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With Philadelphia cigarette tax saga concluded, attention turns toward fair funding formula

With Philadelphia cigarette tax saga concluded, attention turns toward fair funding formula

Late Wednesday morning, Gov. Tom Corbett put his signature on legislation authorizing a $2 per pack cigarette tax for the city of Philadelphia, which will be used to fund city schools.

The action concludes a legislative saga that has been at the forefront of political debate since late in the June budget cycle.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Folmer provides remarks after Senate passes medical marijuana bill

VIDEO: Folmer provides remarks after Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) discuss the Senate passage of SB 1182- allowing for the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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