Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

House lawmakers passed a controversial bill Tuesday that would mandate medical facilities bury or cremate fetal remains following a stillbirth or miscarriage.

 

Under the legislation, health care facilities would be required to bury or cremate fetal remains, while families would have the option of taking possession of the remains for a private ritual burial.

Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules

House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules

House lawmakers used a rare procedural mechanism Tuesday to rebuke a sweeping change to the state’s overtime rules proposed by the Wolf Administration, which are set to go before a state commission for approval next month.

The final version of the changes to the state’s overtime guidelines, which the Department of Labor Industry announced earlier this month, would expand time-and-a-half pay to over 140,000 workers in the state.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

Upon returning from summer recess, Republican state lawmakers had their sights set on advancing a package of tax incentive and permitting relief bills designed to lure big employers to Pennsylvania.

But while roughly half of the bills in the package have either passed the House or become law, a series of permitting-related bills have stalled, prompting a larger conversation on the need for permitting reform in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

Lawmakers from both parties voted Tuesday to approve bills designed to crack down on construction firms using unauthorized workers, including one that would require all of those companies to use the federal E-Verify database.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted to approve both measures, with the more controversial of the two authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh). That proposal would require construction firms to use E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s I-9 form against information provided to federal agencies. Those that do not could stand to use their state-issued license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed

House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed

A series of bills in the House are drawing attention to the longtime controversy surrounding a moratorium on fracking issued by the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is presently considering a full ban on the practice.

The DRBC launched the current moratorium in 2010, following concern from environmental activists that allowing the practice would get in the way of the agency’s mission of protecting the health of the watershed, which comprises parts of Philadelphia, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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