House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

While House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills they said would bring equality to the public school system by providing parity between traditional and charter schools, when those proposals were offered as amendments to House Bill 97—the charter reform proposal before the House—they were met with mixed results in altering the bill.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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From Auditor General to Attorney General, take a look at Wednesday's press conferences

From Auditor General to Attorney General, take a look at Wednesday's press conferences

Wednesday's session day was also accompanied by a number of press events.

First off hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists joined to talk about the importance of needing funding so they can put their patients first. 

Next in the Rotunda was a group of advocates and legislators speaking out on why marijuana should be legalized and what the benefits would be. 

Lastly in the Capitol Rotunda was an event for Pennsylvania's annual Aviation Advocacy Day. 

And at a press conference in Strawberry Square, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges against 14 businesses and 12 people who are accused of illegally obtaining and renting out license plates.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

What could have been last session’s last enacted bill is on its way to be this session’s first enacted piece of legislation.

 

With a 41-8 vote on Wednesday, the Senate sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that would provide $15 million to fund operations at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

The Senate Finance and Aging & Youth Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss the solvency and future of the Pennsylvania lottery fund and the millions of older residents that it supports. 

Although the state Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds per year for the past five fiscal years, Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, said current sales are $123 million, or 3.9 percent, behind the same point last fiscal year. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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The Capitol saw multiple press conferences Tuesday

The Capitol saw multiple press conferences Tuesday

The Capitol was filled with press conferences Tuesday starting with Rep. Brian Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) announcing legislation to represent patients' wishes for end-of-life care.

Later students and teachers from colleges around the state joined to ask for support for their school system.

In the main Rotunda there was a Tax rally. 

On the main Capitol steps legislators and advocates joined for a "Right for Reproductive Rights" rally. 

Lastly, Gov. Wolf was joined by lawmakers to introduce a package of proposed legislation that would expand "It's on us PA" to help with working towards ending sexual assault in the commonwealth.

Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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