Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

The Senate Education Committee Wednesday reported out a number of bills, including one bill that would place additional restrictions on the ability of school boards to approve property tax increases and another bill that would limit the ability of public school employees to accrue benefits while on full-time union leave.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Calls to avoid SEPTA shutdown due to TWA strike increase

Calls to avoid SEPTA shutdown due to TWA strike increase

Calls mounted Monday for parties at the negotiating table to work toward avoiding strike that could shut down portions of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority as soon as November 1.

 

Estimates have the projected impact reaching 400,000 riders that use SEPTA services throughout the southeastern part of the Commonwealth.

Monday, October 31, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Rep. White bills protecting law enforcement identification, punishing sanctuary cities advance in legislature

Rep. White bills protecting law enforcement identification, punishing sanctuary cities advance in legislature

Two high-profile and at times controversial bills sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) advanced in the legislative chambers in which they sat Monday.

 

The first bill to get legislative action was House Bill 1538, a bill which would protect the identity of a law enforcement officer involved in a use of force or shooting incident, which passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee with only Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) voting against the bill.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bruce Beemer unanimously confirmed as Pennsylvania’s new Attorney General

Bruce Beemer unanimously confirmed as Pennsylvania’s new Attorney General

Holding a rare non-budget related August session day, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Bruce Beemer to be Pennsylvania’s new Attorney General Tuesday.

 

With the vote, Beemer becomes the third person to hold the position as the Commonwealth’s top prosecutor in just a matter of weeks, following the resignation of Kathleen Kane and the brief interim tenure of Bruce Castor.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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