House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

A group of lawmakers in the state House of Representatives is looking to prioritize regulatory reform in Pennsylvania upon returning to voting session this coming fall.

 

After holding two public hearings on the issue earlier this summer, members of the House State Government Committee on Wednesday held a members-only informational meeting to discuss the previously submitted testimony and set a course of action for the committee to take on regulatory reform.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Senate Bill 248—legislation sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) that would criminalize the use of wild or exotic animals in travelling circuses—was held off for a scheduled committee vote Tuesday morning as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested more time to review the bill and questioned its premise.

 

According to Sen. Leach, the legislation is aimed at prohibiting the use of animals at travelling circuses and carnivals and not meant to impinge on standing zoos, even when they transport animals on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Gordner to reboot vetoed legislation giving General Assembly greater say in regulatory process

Sen. Gordner to reboot vetoed legislation giving General Assembly greater say in regulatory process

In a cosponsorship memo last week, Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-Columbia) announced his intention to reintroduce legislation vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf last session that would give the General Assembly a greater role in regulatory oversight.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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