Eleventh hour effort by severance tax supporters to bring up legislation fails

Eleventh hour effort by severance tax supporters to bring up legislation fails

A late night effort Tuesday by a bipartisan group of supporters of natural gas severance tax legislation failed to get the constitutional majority needed to call the bill up to continue debate on the amendment process related to the legislation.

 

While the motion by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) received a majority vote from members present, such a motion requires a constitutional majority of all members seated in the House.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Gov. Wolf discusses new animal cruelty laws

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf discusses new animal cruelty laws

On Tuesday morning, Governor Tom Wolf, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), and animal rights advocates gathered at the Humane Society of Harrisburg to remind the public that Act 10 of 2017 goes into effect on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing

Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing

The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Thursday to discuss another consolidation attempt from Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal: the consolidation of the Department of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole.

This consolidation, under Senate Bill 522 and Senate Bill 523, would merge the two entities together, a system that a majority of other states use. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

PA House move to impeach embattled Lancaster County sheriff reopens old Kane impeachment wounds

The House Judiciary Committee this week voted on a resolution to begin the impeachment process relative to embattled Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese, who has been on a long-term paid suspension since last summer after sexual harassment allegations against him arose.

 

Should the impeachment move forward and be successful, it would be the first impeachment of an elected official in Pennsylvania since PA Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen was impeached in 1994.

 

However, it was not the move to impeach Sheriff Reese that drew debate from committee members, rather an amendment filed to the resolution to begin the process drew concern from a number of Democratic members.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Rep. Stephens goes into depth about HB 741

Rep. Stephens goes into depth about HB 741

The PLS Reporter was joined by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) where he opened up about House Bill 741, which would reimpose mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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