Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

It was a year ago this week that Gov. Tom Wolf signed major alcohol sales reform legislation, and this week the legislature sent him the largest public pension reform legislation Pennsylvania has seen in decades.

 

After years of work, debate, and emotion, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives put the final votes to Senate Bill 1, passing the measure by a vote of 143-52 Thursday morning.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

With some form of gaming expansion on everyone’s plate for revenue generation to fund the FY 2017-2018 budget, the House took an important step Wednesday by loading a “kitchen sink” gaming expansion bill that includes the legalization of controversial video gaming terminals and expands Pennsylvania’s current gaming apparatus to include iGaming, fantasy sports regulation, airport gaming tablets, legalized sports betting, off track betting slots, and casino simulcasting.

 

The legislation also takes the step of fixing the local shares assessment found unconstitutional last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and which lawmakers are obligated to fix in this budget cycle to ensure casino host communities get a share of the revenues.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

As pension reform legislation is likely to wind up shortly in the legislative rearview mirror, all eyes will soon be turning into work on a state budget, which now only has 24 days remaining until the next fiscal year begins and a budget is set to be in place.

 

On Monday, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) and Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) for an update on where things stand.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1—the major pension reform bill making its way through the General Assembly—easily cleared the Senate by a vote of 40-9 Monday afternoon. Within only a few short hours, the legislation was quickly taken up by the House State Government Committee where it advanced to full House along bipartisan lines.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Health and Human Services consolidation proposal examined by House Democrats

Health and Human Services consolidation proposal examined by House Democrats

The House Democratic Policy committee held a hearing Monday morning to analyze the consolidation of the proposed Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Department of Health and Human Services would combine the existing Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into the newly proposed department.

The consolidation efforts are headed by Gov. Tom Wolf in an effort to provide affordable healthcare to all and save funds for the coming and other future budget years, and—along with the consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole—was accounted for in a House-Republican crafted spending plan.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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