Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

A twisty, turvy House floor debate finally ended this week when the chamber approved a bill to let magisterial judges run for reelection without filing signatures.

The debate also made for some odd ideological bedfellows over the course of two votes to suspend the rules, a constitutional question and ultimately its final passage which moved 128-65. 61 Democrats joined with 67 Republicans in support, while 17 Democrats joined with 48 Republicans opposed.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

After reaching an agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, seven state insurers will now cover medication-assisted addiction treatment, using substances such as methadone, without prior authorization.

State cabinet members, including Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, said that the agreement will save people with substance abuse time normally spent checking with insurance companies to see if they’d cover a plan.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Gas industry leaders call for regulatory regime fixes

Gas industry leaders call for regulatory regime fixes

A new cabinet position and a commonwealth agency focused on energy production and coordination are on the agenda for state business leaders who want to expand Pennsylvania’s gas economy.

In a report released Thursday entitled “Forge the Future: Ideas for Actions,” industry leaders said that the state’s potential in gas economic growth – totaling $60 billion between production, energy generation and manufacturing - is threatened by poor business conditions in the state, from the nation high 9.99 corporate net income tax to slow permitting.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Statute of limitations negotiations near finish line as arguments over sovereign immunity continue

Statute of limitations negotiations near finish line as arguments over sovereign immunity continue

A compromise on the General Assembly’s statute of limitations bill is due the end of this week and will be officially announced next week, according to Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).

Rozzi has been meeting privately with Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) for the past few weeks to negotiate the language in closed door discussions.

However, multiple lawmakers expressed their certainty that the bill would pass before the elections, adding to next week’s final push by both chambers to move legislation ahead of Nov. 6.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
While liability questions persist, sanctuary city bill advances in House

While liability questions persist, sanctuary city bill advances in House

A bill forcing Pennsylvania municipalities to help enforce federal immigration laws was modified and advanced out of the House Judiciary Committee by a strong bipartisan margin Wednesday afternoon.

The bill, SB 10 from Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), originally let citizens hurt by an undocumented immigrant sue their local government for damages if they do not aid in immigration enforcement. It passed 19-5.

Now, under language borrowed from Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), it lets residents of sanctuary cities or other jurisdictions preemptively sue their governing body to overturn the policies.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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