Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Lobbyists were banned, diversity reinforced and a three-year registration minimum added to the Senate’s prime redistricting bill Monday as it was prepared for a final vote by lawmakers.

The bill, SB 22, would set up a redistricting commission made up of eleven citizens who apply to the Department of State, are vetted, and then picked by majority and minority legislative leaders to draw Pennsylvania’s congressional and state legislative maps.

Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
House debates, passes bill to rewrite conventional drilling rules

House debates, passes bill to rewrite conventional drilling rules

Fewer regulations would be on the menu for parts of Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry under a bill that passed the House Tuesday.

HB 2154, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean), would follow up on 2012’s Act 13 by  reforming rules for conventional oil and gas wells, which are smaller and shallower compared to unconventional fracking wells.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Chips start to fall on how Pennsylvania will regulate sports wagering

Chips start to fall on how Pennsylvania will regulate sports wagering

At its regular meeting this week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the first round of regulations for sports wagering in Pennsylvania.

But a further change in the state's tax rate on sports gambling revenue may be necessary to increase access to legal bets outside casinos, according to gaming supporter Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong).

Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pennsylvania already prepared to capitalize on sports betting, House gaming supporters say

Pennsylvania already prepared to capitalize on sports betting, House gaming supporters say

A US Supreme Court ruling that opened up sports betting could impact Pennsylvania within the next year, according to the House’s Gaming Oversight Committee chairman.

Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong) said in a phone interview Monday that language allowing sports betting was already part of the state’s 2017 Fiscal Code.

Monday, May 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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