Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Speaker supports paid maternity leave for House employees

House Speaker supports paid maternity leave for House employees

After a review of the benefits for employees of the House of Representatives, Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued a statement earlier this week noting his support for providing House employees with twelve weeks of paid maternity leave.

 

"After conducting an extensive review of our benefit policies, as well as those offered by other employers in both the private and public sector, I support instituting a paid maternity leave policy for House employees," he said.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House sends Senate $31.52 billion budget bill

House sends Senate $31.52 billion budget bill

The House of Representatives Tuesday voted largely along party-line vote of 114-84 to send the Senate a $31.52 billion spending plan, despite not having an articulated, supportable plan for funding it.

 

"This is a responsible, sustainable budget for FY 2017-2018," said House Appropriations Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York). "It's a departure from past years and a good first step in the direction of reinventing government."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans Monday unveiled a budget plan they intend to send to the Senate this week with a final spending number ringing in at $31.52 billion, a number more than $800 million below what Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in February and just under $250 million shy of the current year’s spend number.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Dinniman discusses assessments

Sen. Dinniman discusses assessments

Now that federal law has changed, education assessments in Pennsylvania’s public schools will likely be overhauled as well. Lawmakers have argued at recent hearings that Pennsylvania is spending too much money and schools are spending too much time on testing.

The PLS Reporter interviewed Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester), Minority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, for his thoughts on the issue. 

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
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