DePasquale announces new audit to gauge voting security

DePasquale announces new audit to gauge voting security

On Monday morning, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale stood with Secretary of State Robert Torres and Senators Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) to announce that he will be conducting an audit of the state's voter registration system to assess voting security before the 2020 elections. 

Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senate Appropriation Committee members focused on how the Department of Corrections (DOC) handles mentally ill inmates and inmates struggling with addiction during Thursday’s budget hearing.


DOC asked for an addition $2 million dollars in this year’s proposed budget.


According to DOC Sec. John Wetzel the extra $2 million would help to treat inmates with varying mental health issues.

Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Second mini-casino license winning bid is another state budget boon

Second mini-casino license winning bid is another state budget boon

After just two runs through the first round of bidding for the right to build a Category 4 so-called “mini-casino,” total bids have exceeded the minimum expected amount from the entire first round. The second right to a license was obtained Wednesday by Stadium Casino, LLC, for a winning bid of $40.1 million.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate advances compromise bill on UC funding “exit ramp” bill

Senate advances compromise bill on UC funding “exit ramp” bill

The Senate took the step Monday of advancing recently House-passed legislation that would provide an “exit ramp” for the end of state funding for unemployment compensation system technology upgrades.

 

The bill, House Bill 1915, is sponsored by House Labor and Industry Committee Majority Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and represents a compromise between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats that provides an exit strategy for the state to get out of funding technology upgrades while still ensuring enough funding to complete the ongoing project.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania State Police lacks complement, funding while lawmakers aim to increase State Police coverage

Pennsylvania State Police lacks complement, funding while lawmakers aim to increase State Police coverage

The Senate Law and Justice committee held a hearing Tuesday to analyze Senate Bill 258 which would allow the contracting of state police for local municipality, borough, or township coverage. The prime sponsor of the bill is Senator Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland).

Senate Bill 258 would not require all municipalities to engage in a contractual agreement with the Pennsylvania State Police, but rather be an alternative option for increased safety in the municipality. The contract would have a minimum payment of $65 an hour to have a State Police Trooper in a municipality.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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