Procedural gymnastics leads to budget framework revival

Procedural gymnastics leads to budget framework revival

After motions to revert, reconsideration of the vote on said motion, and an unusual roll call vote on second consideration, the once dead budget framework rose like a phoenix Tuesday afternoon in a spectacle that could land a $30.788 billion budget on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk by Wednesday.

The whole thing started with an amendment to the temporary budget rule encapsulated in House Resolution 627.

The original temporary rule would have required two-thirds members to approve a motion to revert to the prior printer number and would have possibly placed such a motion out of order.

The amendment to the rule placed a motion to revert to the immediately prior printer number always in order and only required a majority of members in attendance to approve the motion to revert.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Liquor Chairman: “We don’t have a clear path forward right now” on Senate wine privatization bill

House Liquor Chairman: “We don’t have a clear path forward right now” on Senate wine privatization bill

Despite being tasked with developing potential changes to a so-called wine privatization bill that passed through the Senate, House Liquor Control Committee Majority Chairman Chris Ross (R-Chester) told reporters Tuesday that the House does not have "a clear path forward" on how to deal with the legislation.

“I’m not aware of any plans at this point as to how we’re going to handle that,” he said. “I know we’ve been talking internally amongst ourselves about it, but to the best of my knowledge at this point, there’s no plan on that.”

As to how changes might be developing, Rep. Ross said “we don’t have a clear path forward right now.”

He said he cannot speak for any member about what they might put into an amendment to the legislation or how changes might develop if or when the legislation is brought to the House floor, however, he noted that could change.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Liquor privatization components take shape

Liquor privatization components take shape

The liquor privatization component of the budget framework began to firm up Monday as a legislative vehicle was moved from committee and negotiators continued working to pin down the specifics of what will be the final agreement.

Taking a largely procedural step, the House Liquor Control Committee voted to approve House Bill 1690 along a 14-9 party-line vote, putting the bill in place to be used as a vehicle for final liquor privatization language.

The bill was described as being nearly identical to House Bill 466, which was vetoed by the governor earlier this year.

Both bills are sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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