Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

Senate passes temporary fix to unemployment compensation call center funding issue

A divided Senate Wednesday afternoon passed Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), which would provide $15 million from the unemployment compensation trust fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund to would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

 

As the bill moved through the chamber by a 39-8 vote, it was touted as a short-term fix that will hopefully set up a longer-term solution.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill increasing legislative oversight of regulatory review process inches closer to governor’s desk

Bill increasing legislative oversight of regulatory review process inches closer to governor’s desk

Senate Bill 562, legislation introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) that would increase legislative oversight of the regulatory review process, cleared the House State Government Committee along a party-line vote Wednesday after a contentious debate.

The PLS Reporter first covered Senate Bill 562 when the legislation was still at the co-sponsorship stage in January 2015. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As Senate removal effort peters out, AG Kane not out of woods

As Senate removal effort peters out, AG Kane not out of woods

The Senate’s effort to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane was struck a significant blow Wednesday, with a vote on a resolution to remove her from office by the full Senate falling several votes shy of the constitutionally required two-thirds majority.

The 29-19 vote saw one Democrat—Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin)—join the majority in voting to remove Kane and one Republican—Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)—join the minority in successfully opposing the removal resolution.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Removal of Attorney General Kane on hold…for now

Removal of Attorney General Kane on hold…for now

The Senate’s road to removal of Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being put on hold, following the Special Committee on Senate Address’s report that was released Wednesday afternoon.

The committee did not recommend a full-steam-ahead vote by the entire Senate on Kane’s removal, but rather advised it prudent to wait for the state Supreme Court to decide whether or not it will reinstate the attorney general’s law license.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Proposals to reduce the size of the legislature will get “serious consideration”

Proposals to reduce the size of the legislature will get “serious consideration”

The Senate began steps Wednesday to advance proposals that would reduce the size of the General Assembly.

According to a Senate Republican spokesperson, the proposals are under serious consideration in the chamber.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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