Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment & Government Operation held a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed operational fee for Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

In order to increase funding for state police, Gov. Wolf has proposed a $25 per capita fee on local municipalities that do not otherwise have full time or part time police coverage.

Legislators had preliminary concerns about creating the $25 fee, because the average cost is around $225 for a trooper, and they believe this number could rise in the future costing taxpayers much more money.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Legislators from both parties in either chamber of the legislature have started the process of seeking support from fellow members to combine the Departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into a consolidated Department of Health and Human Services.

 

The proposal—first articulated by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February budget address—has been carried forward in a spending plan crafted by House Republicans currently under consideration in the Senate after it passed the House just two weeks ago.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate begins reboot process for municipal gun ordinance preemption bill

Senate begins reboot process for municipal gun ordinance preemption bill

The Senate Local Government Committee Tuesday morning began the reboot of a proposal that would ensure state gun laws preempt municipal gun ordinances by granting membership organizations standing to bring suit on behalf of an aggrieved member.

 

The bill—Senate Bill 5 introduced by freshman Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria)—is the latest iteration of legislation that was actually enacted under the Gov. Tom Corbett administration, but later struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on an issue unrelated to the underlying proposal.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has taken up an ambitious agenda early in the 2017-2018 term, addressing in its first three full session weeks bills dealing with natural gas minimum royalties and statute of limitations reform for child sex abuse cases.

 

As the Senate recessed for its annual round of budget hearings Wednesday, it did so after passing two other controversial proposals – one that would restrict abortions in Pennsylvania by disallowing them after the 21st week and one labeled “paycheck protection” in that it would prohibit the automatic deduction of public employee union dues money that would be used for political purposes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

In the first meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee since Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) took over as Majority Chairman, the committee voted along party lines to move to the full Senate for consideration a bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and legislation that would eliminate local ordinances providing paid sick leave.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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