Bill making advertisement of civil service veterans’ preference a requirement advances

Bill making advertisement of civil service veterans’ preference a requirement advances

Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) is continuing his quest to require the advertisement of the State Civil Service Exam veterans’ preference.

His bill—House Bill 192—would require the director of the State Civil Service Commission to advertise the veterans’ preference on all of the commission’s examination materials, announcements, advertisements, and the commission’s website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

The Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Tuesday declined to honor the recall of all Gov. Tom Corbett’s end-of-term nominees issued by Gov. Tom Wolf and reported all 13 nominations to the floor for Senate approval.

The debate broke down on whether the Senate should honor the new governor’s request, allowing him to set nominees on his own accord, or whether the nominations—rightly made at the tail end of the Corbett administration—should stand.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Dispute over purely public charities definitional ability continues

Dispute over purely public charities definitional ability continues

The inter-branch conflict over whether the courts or the legislature has the ability to define what enterprises constitute purely public charities continued Tuesday as Senate Bill 4—the constitutional amendment placing the definitional authority with the legislature—advanced through the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The legislation is not without conflict within the legislature itself.

As when the bill passed through the Senate Finance Committee last week, a number of members voted in opposition to the legislation under the logic that the change in definitional authority could have a detrimental impact on municipalities and their ability to tax businesses, an arguably critical source of revenue.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

In what was described as a 180-degree change from the prior administration, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday told legislators and families supporting the legalization of medical marijuana he would sign such legislation if it got to his desk.

“I believe that doctors should have the ability and the right to prescribe the drugs they understand and makes the most sense for their patients,” he said. “No Pennsylvanian should suffer needlessly when we have the ability to treat them.”

The bill, currently in the form of Senate Bill 3, is largely the same product that passed the Senate last year by a 43-7 vote.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana legalization has new life as House Majority Leader expresses support

Taking a decidedly different tone from House Republican leadership last session, new House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he was supportive of the concept to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania during Monday’s press club luncheon.

“I do support the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania,” he said. “I am hopeful we can get to a situation where we can negotiate a product in the House with a product in the Senate that the governor is willing to accept and sign into law.”

Monday, January 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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