PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday issued a long-anticipated decision in the case of William Penn School District v. Pa. Department of Education, and held that the question of whether the General Assembly and governor have met the constitutional mandate of providing “for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth” can be decided by the judiciary.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court rules transferring natural gas revenue earned on state land to General Fund is unconstitutional

PA Supreme Court rules transferring natural gas revenue earned on state land to General Fund is unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that royalties from oil and gas leases on state forest lands must be used for conservation of the state’s public natural resources, not used for general budget fund purposes.  


The four justices in the majority- Justice Christine Donohue, Debra McCloskey Todd, Kevin M. Dougherty, David N. Wecht- wrote an opinion stating that Article 1, Section 27 of the state constitution, known of as the Environmental Rights Amendment, does not give the state government a right to spend proceeds from the sale of publicly owned oil and gas for non-conservation purposes, even if they are generally used for the public good.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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PA Supreme Court vacates Veon’s BIG sentence

A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday vacated the entire sentence of one-time influential state Representative Mike Veon who was convicted in 2012 of offenses related to his operation of the non-profit Beaver Initiative for Growth (BIG), which existed largely due to grants of state funds.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Filling of PA high court vacancy in very early stages

Filling of PA high court vacancy in very early stages

Justice Michael Eakin stepping down from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday leads to an opening on the Commonwealth’s high court that will have to be filled through nomination by the governor and advice and consent from the Senate.

Shortly after Eakin announced his resignation/retirement Tuesday, those who would be leading that process detailed that the process is still in its infancy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court - A State of Flux

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is facing a number of uncertainties going into 2015. The Court has only six sitting justices instead of its full complement of seven, with two more vacancies coming in 2015. There have not been three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court since the days of its colonial predecessor, the Provincial Appellate Court, established by William Penn in 1684. How they will be filled is an open question that Pennsylvania voters and its next governor will be obliged to answer, all while efforts underway to increase the mandatory retirement age could impact the terms of three more justices.

Friday, November 14, 2014/Author: Corinna Wilson
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