Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

In the span of a week, Pennsylvania moved a budget from the backrooms of the legislature to governor’s desk — where it was signed into law early this evening.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s $32.7 billion dollar budget with $560 million in increased spending and no new taxes Friday night after it passed both chambers in a whirlwind week.

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

Ahead of redistricting floor fight, a wave of amendments crashes on the House

In the collective memory of the Legislative Reference Bureau, June 21, 2018 will always stand out.

According to Vince Deliberato, who has worked at LRB since the ‘80s and is the current director, no one can remember a day that tops the 721 amendments that passed into the office Thursday.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he reached a settlement in the Tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement.

The settlement netted the state nearly $357 million. That money, however, had already been earmarked within the state's 2018-19 budget to cover long term care costs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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One vote margins define House Judiciary gun decisions on background checks, bump stock ban

One vote margins define House Judiciary gun decisions on background checks, bump stock ban

In round two of the House Judiciary Committee’s gun votes this week, two contentious, party-splitting decisions were each decided by a single vote.

A bump stock ban passed out of committee, but universal background checks failed to garner a majority.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

The General Assembly’s 2018-19 budget bill advanced in leaps and bounds Wednesday, moving from out of the House and onto the Senate Floor by day’s end.

HB 2121, the state’s $32.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year, passed the House by a resounding 188-10 margin before arriving in the Senate and getting near unanimous approval in the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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