Session ends with comparatively high bill pass rate, but what does it mean?

As the sun sets on the 2013-2014 legislative session, it does so on a legislature that had a historically high pass rate for introduced legislation.

During the two-year legislative session 3,988 bills were introduced in the General Assembly and referred to a standing committee. Of those, 366 made it all the way through the legislature and made their way to the governor’s desk; this equates to 9.1 percent of all bills introduced and referred.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

McCaffery retirement leaves open unanswered appointment question

Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery announced his retirement Monday, effective immediately. As of now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not yet decided whether to appoint a replacement.

Any such appointment could raise interesting questions depending on the outcome of next Tuesday’s gubernatorial election.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Governor says structural costs need to be addressed before revenue hikes will be considered

Discussing what his revenue plans would be if elected to a second term as Pennsylvania’s chief executive, Gov. Tom Corbett Monday said reducing structural costs in the state and public school employee pension systems and the selling of state-run liquor stores would have to be dealt with before new revenues would be considered.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Pennsylvania “not waiting” on Ebola preparation

A House panel met Thursday with Pennsylvania health and emergency preparedness officials to discuss the Commonwealth’s preparedness for an Ebola outbreak in terms of both public health and emergency management responses.

During the hearing in front of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf assured members that, under the direction of the governor, “we are not waiting.” 

Thursday, October 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Ebola

Consumer convenience to lead liquor privatization push next session

Business advocates say that next session’s push to privatize liquor sales and/or reform alcohol sales more generally in Pennsylvania will have to be lead by arguments of increased consumer convenience.

“The reality is that this is a consumer-driven issue, and the arguments against providing these consumers with a variety of options when looking to purchase alcohol are waning,” said Todd Brysiak, director of communications for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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