Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Senate Bill 248—legislation sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) that would criminalize the use of wild or exotic animals in travelling circuses—was held off for a scheduled committee vote Tuesday morning as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested more time to review the bill and questioned its premise.

 

According to Sen. Leach, the legislation is aimed at prohibiting the use of animals at travelling circuses and carnivals and not meant to impinge on standing zoos, even when they transport animals on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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
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Wagner, Manderino trade jabs over UC funding dispute at L&I budget hearing

Wagner, Manderino trade jabs over UC funding dispute at L&I budget hearing

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) and Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino traded jabs during the department’s Senate budget hearing Tuesday morning, as the spat between Senate Republicans and the Wolf administration over the failure to authorize UC call center service and infrastructure funding continues.

 

The failure to authorize the funding resulted in layoffs of nearly 500 employees and the closure of three unemployment compensation call centers around the state, as well as the Harrisburg overflow center.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court allows judicial retirement age ballot question to be considered in November

Commonwealth Court allows judicial retirement age ballot question to be considered in November

The Commonwealth Court Wednesday sided with Respondents Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) when it held that the General Assembly used the proper legislative means of delaying ballot question on raising the judicial retirement age from the originally planned April vote to the November General Election.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate loads liquor component of budget framework

Senate loads liquor component of budget framework

The Senate Law and Justice Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to amend in to House Bill 1460 an amendment which would provide for liquor modernization and expanded wine and beer sales as part of the budget framework.

Speaking to the changes to the liquor system, Committee Majority Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) said the most controversial piece of the changes made allows R-license holders to sell four to-go bottles of wine in addition to two six packs.

Other changes in the bill increase the number of R-licenses by allowing “dead R-licenses” to be auctioned off according to certain restrictions, opens all state liquor stores for Sunday sales, and for 24-hour alcohol service in casinos.

The bill also provides for a study commission to look at if and how Pennsylvania should privatize either or both its wholesale or retail liquor markets with those recommendations to be made to the General Assembly by June 30th.

In total, Sen. McIlhinney anticipated the changes will bring in an additional $115 million in revenue above the $80 million in profits seen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board with that number tapered for this year since Pennsylvania is halfway through its current fiscal year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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