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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Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

The Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Environmental Resource and Energy Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday morning on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, where they heard from industry insiders on the difficulties they face in dealing with Pennsylvania’s regulatory environment.

Pennsylvania has grown to be the second in natural gas production behind Texas, according Policy Committee Chairman Sen. David Argall (R-Berks). 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Gov. Wolf to name Insurance Commissioner Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services should consolidation become a reality

Gov. Wolf to name Insurance Commissioner Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services should consolidation become a reality

Gov. Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday where he stated his intention to nominate Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be the Secretary of the proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

This proposed agency combines the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into one larger department.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Pennsylvania State Police lacks complement, funding while lawmakers aim to increase State Police coverage

Pennsylvania State Police lacks complement, funding while lawmakers aim to increase State Police coverage

The Senate Law and Justice committee held a hearing Tuesday to analyze Senate Bill 258 which would allow the contracting of state police for local municipality, borough, or township coverage. The prime sponsor of the bill is Senator Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland).

Senate Bill 258 would not require all municipalities to engage in a contractual agreement with the Pennsylvania State Police, but rather be an alternative option for increased safety in the municipality. The contract would have a minimum payment of $65 an hour to have a State Police Trooper in a municipality.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Legislators led by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and other gun rights activists gathered in the Capitol Monday morning for the 12th annual rally to advocate for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The rally not only advocated for the Pennsylvania constitution’s Article 1, section 21 right to bear arms, but was used by legislators to lobby for certain bills that uphold or strengthen the activist’s belief in their rights. 

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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