Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Following the recent release of a Grand Jury report by Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlining the negligent and potentially illegal activity of former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed and other city and county government actors concerning the city’s incinerator, lawmakers at the state Capitol are hoping the event will act as a catalyst for bipartisan, bicameral legislation to make it across the legislative finish line.

 

Reintroducing, amending, and developing new proposals, a small group of House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday said some actions by municipalities and related authorities could put the taxpayers on the hook for bad financial decisions, illegal activity, or negligent actions; things that the package of bills being introduced are designed to prevent.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Leach, Folmer discuss medical marijuana law at MMJ expo in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh was the host of its first-ever medical marijuana conference this weekend, where cannabis leaders, physicians and patients gathered to learn more and get better connected to the industry.

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Philadelphia) and Mike Folmer (R-Lancaster), champions of the  medical marijuana legislation that was signed into law last April, hosted a discussion on the first phase of the rollout of the law, and the potential timeline for when the program will be up and running. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf, others celebrate one-year anniversary of signing medical marijuana legislation

Gov. Wolf, others celebrate one-year anniversary of signing medical marijuana legislation

Gov. Tom Wolf, along with medical marijuana advocates and supporters, held a press conference Monday afternoon to celebrate one-year anniversary of signing medical marijuana legislation into law.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee advanced Senate Bill 250 Tuesday afternoon along an 8-4 vote.

 

The legislation, introduced by Committee Majority Chairman Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), would provide $15 million in funding from employee contributions to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania started the process of complying with the federal REAL ID Act Wednesday with the Senate Communications and Technology Committee advancing legislation to repeal Act 38 of 2012 and asking the US Department of Homeland Security for another extension of time to allow Pennsylvania to develop a compliant identification card.

 

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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