House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

The House State Government Committee held the second of its two hearings on solutions for improving oversight and relieving regulatory burdens for oil and gas industries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

This hearing focused on past acts of the Pennsylvania legislature and how they can be used to improve future legislation, and current barriers that the Commonwealth faces in regard to competition on a national level with current regulations.

Much of the hearing focused on environmental regulations as they pertain to the oil and gas industry, which have been a bone of contention with some Republican members are stifling economic development and job creation.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislators move to address fees and regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Legislators move to address fees and regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

The House State Government committee and other legislators who are involved with related issues held a hearing at Susquehanna University to investigate the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and its fees and regulations in Pennsylvania.

All but one testifier identified problems with the fees and regulations that the SRBC creates on public and private large water sources in the commonwealth.

The SRBC was created in January 1970 through the legislatures of New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Federal Government to maintain and conserve the Susquehanna River basin through a compact. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Regulatory processes questioned by House State Government Committee

Regulatory processes questioned by House State Government Committee

The House State Government Committee held its first of two public hearings on the regulatory processes of Pennsylvania and the possibility for greater legislative oversight.

Pennsylvania’s vast regulatory system has concerned legislators who are now taking action.

Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-Columbia) plans to reintroduce legislation that was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf from last session which would give the general assembly a larger role in the regulatory review process.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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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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Reintroduced PA Fairness Act aims to protect the PA LGBT community

Reintroduced PA Fairness Act aims to protect the PA LGBT community

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) recently announced that has reintroduced his proposal that would create the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.

The legislation, this session in House Bill 1410, has bipartisan support in the legislature and its goal is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination statewide in the workplace, housing market, and public accommodations. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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