House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday used the bulk of its session day to crank through nearly three dozen amendments—many of which drew significant debate—filed to so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

 

The underlying legislation, Senate Bill 166 sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), would disallow the automatic collection of political action committee money from a unionized public employee’s paycheck, but allow the automatic collection of dues money potentially earmarked for political advocacy purposes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation putting the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the control of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission is heading to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

After making its way through the legislative, which started in early June, House Bill 1490 sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Carrick) passed the full House Monday 189-5.
Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Talked about more this budget cycle than in recent memory, a tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas extracts has been a divisive issue for many different camps in the state’s General Assembly.

 

While a number of proposals have been seen as the lead concept that would apply revenue from a severance tax on a more universal statewide basis than under the current impact fee, no stand-alone proposal has progressed as far as Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s (R-Bucks) House Bill 1401.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
As budget-related revenue impasse continues, S&P downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

As budget-related revenue impasse continues, S&P downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

Standard and Poor’s announced on Wednesday morning that they are downgrading Pennsylvania’s bond rating amid the ongoing budget stalemate, the failure of lawmakers to fix Pennsylvania’s chronic structural imbalance, and weakening liquidity.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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