State Civil Service hiring program analyzed by House State Government Committee

State Civil Service hiring program analyzed by House State Government Committee

The House State Government Committee held an information hearing Wednesday morning to examine the implementation by the State Civil Service Commission of Act 69 and Act 167 of 2016.

These two laws work together to modernize the Civil Service Act application, examination, notification, and hiring practice to discontinue any patronage, cronyism, and or nepotism. The goal is to implement a stronger system to hire more qualified civil service applicants at a faster and more modern pace.

The Pennsylvania Office of Administration (OA) and Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) were both represented in the informational hearing to address members of the committee on how the timeline for civil service applications is being implemented. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislature sends Gov. Wolf $31.99 billion spending plan as revenue discussions heat up

Legislature sends Gov. Wolf $31.99 billion spending plan as revenue discussions heat up

After a day of debate in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, legislators in both chambers voted to send a $31.99 billion FY 2017-2018 spending plan to Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday.

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

The House State Government Committee held the second of its two hearings on solutions for improving oversight and relieving regulatory burdens for oil and gas industries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

This hearing focused on past acts of the Pennsylvania legislature and how they can be used to improve future legislation, and current barriers that the Commonwealth faces in regard to competition on a national level with current regulations.

Much of the hearing focused on environmental regulations as they pertain to the oil and gas industry, which have been a bone of contention with some Republican members are stifling economic development and job creation.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislators move to address fees and regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Legislators move to address fees and regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

The House State Government committee and other legislators who are involved with related issues held a hearing at Susquehanna University to investigate the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and its fees and regulations in Pennsylvania.

All but one testifier identified problems with the fees and regulations that the SRBC creates on public and private large water sources in the commonwealth.

The SRBC was created in January 1970 through the legislatures of New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Federal Government to maintain and conserve the Susquehanna River basin through a compact. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Regulatory processes questioned by House State Government Committee

Regulatory processes questioned by House State Government Committee

The House State Government Committee held its first of two public hearings on the regulatory processes of Pennsylvania and the possibility for greater legislative oversight.

Pennsylvania’s vast regulatory system has concerned legislators who are now taking action.

Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-Columbia) plans to reintroduce legislation that was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf from last session which would give the general assembly a larger role in the regulatory review process.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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