Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

By a vote of 38-12 Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate sent to the House a piece of legislation that contains what many are calling the largest expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania since gambling was legalized in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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REAL ID Act compliance legislation likely to cross finish line

REAL ID Act compliance legislation likely to cross finish line

The Pennsylvania General Assembly took additional steps Tuesday that will likely result in legislation allowing the Commonwealth to comply with the federal REAL ID Act crossing the legislative finish line later this week.

 

After the bill passed the House Monday afternoon, the Senate on Tuesday sent the measure back with changes of its own.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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