Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers

Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would reform how parole and commutations are recommended in Pennsylvania, implement unpaid family leave for school activities and update a new law regarding public school police officers.

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

In early May, 20 activists were arrested at the Capitol as they dropped banners and dollar bills with the word “bribe” inscribed on them to the House floor. The demonstrators, from the good government group March on Harrisburg, wanted to send legislators a message: pass a ban on gifts to state lawmakers.

Now, as policymakers are set to reconvene in Harrisburg for the start of the fall session, one House lawmaker hopes that a new gift restriction proposal will satisfy both lawmakers and activists.
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
PLCB announces record sales as lawmakers float pricing changes

PLCB announces record sales as lawmakers float pricing changes

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) on Wednesday announced record sales for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, just a day after state lawmakers held a hearing on whether to forego the board’s current pricing model.

 

The PLCB is reporting $2.67 billion in sales for the most recent fiscal year, which the board says is an increase of $75.2 million from the previous year. The liquor control board, which oversees liquor sales throughout the state, says the increase continues a 20-year trend of year-over-year sales increases. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Yaw seeks more transparency in natural gas royalty payments

Yaw seeks more transparency in natural gas royalty payments

To increase transparency among natural gas companies, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) will soon be reintroducing legislation that would give property owners more information about their royalty payments. 

Yaw, the chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, says landowners are often left confused by vague deductions on their royalty check stubs. 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Shapiro joins 50-state antitrust investigation into Google

Shapiro joins 50-state antitrust investigation into Google

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced that Pennsylvania will join a bipartisan antitrust investigation into Google to review how the tech company’s business practices align with state and federal law.

 

Shapiro joins 49 other state attorneys general who have vowed to investigate Google’s massive influence over the tech and advertising spheres to determine whether its operations have stifled economic competitiveness across the country.

Monday, September 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
RSS
12345678910Last