PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

A bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania’s political subdivisions from regulating or charging a fee for the use of recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

 

The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), was couched by supporters as a preemptory strike against municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees and potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Rollback of Obama-era Labor Department rule muddies PA plans to develop private retirement security plans

Rollback of Obama-era Labor Department rule muddies PA plans to develop private retirement security plans

Just this past Wednesday, the US Senate voted 50-49 to roll back an Obama-era Department of Labor rule that allows cities and counties to develop retirement security plans for private-sector employees not already benefiting from an employer-run plan.

 

A similar rollback of a rule allowing states to develop these plans has not yet been subjected to a vote in the Senate, though it has passed the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly and could be voted on at any time.

Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Summer Session: Rep. Michael Hanna (D-Clinton)

Summer Session: Rep. Michael Hanna (D-Clinton)

The PLS Reporter joined Rep. Michael Hanna (D-Clinton) in his district office for our "Summer Session" interview series. 

When asked what Rep. Hanna had been up to since budget season he replied with "celebrating".

Wednesday, September 14, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
New legislation aims to address “Silver Tsunami”

New legislation aims to address “Silver Tsunami”

Looking address the so-called “Silver Tsunami” of people retiring without the savings or revenue to meet expenditures, Representatives Mike Hanna (D-Clinton) and Mike Driscoll (D-Philadelphia) are introducing legislation to bridge the gap for Pennsylvanians who do not have employer-sponsored retirement plans.

 

The proposal—still in co-sponsorship memo form—would form the Keystone Retirement Security Program to allow for automatic payroll deductions for Pennsylvanians who elect to participate in the program.

Monday, September 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget-supporting revenue talks may be off the rails

Budget-supporting revenue talks may be off the rails

It didn’t take long after the FY 2016-2017 budget landed on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Friday for some of the old signs of the 2015-2016 impasse to show themselves in how legislative leaders are going about negotiating the revenue to support the $31.6 billion spending plan passed just the night before.

 

While discussions to get some agreement on revenue to possibly get everything for the budget wrapped up before the July Fourth holiday weekend occurred in earnest throughout the early part of the day Friday, things quickly and dramatically hit a speed bump after House Republicans put a revenue plan on the table that failed to get agreement of House Democrats.

Friday, July 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
RSS
123