Gov. Wolf waives background check fees for volunteers

As the House continues to advance legislation that would significantly alter the background check provisions of a 2014 child protection law, Gov. Tom Wolf took care of one of the issues some took with the legislation and waived background check and child abuse clearance fees for volunteers working with children.

The $10 fee for those employed to work with children has been reduced to $8 under the governor’s order.

The changes will become effective July 25, 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Court orders Arneson reinstated as Open Records office head

The much anticipated and long-awaited Commonwealth Court decision in Arneson v. Wolf was issued Wednesday morning with the court ordering by a four to three decision that Erik Arneson be reinstated as the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records and be compensated for back pay.

In so ordering, the court further held that Gov. Tom Wolf exceeded executive authority in firing Arneson, who was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett just days before his term expired.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Penn National Gaming encourages iGaming in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Penn National Gaming encourages iGaming in Pennsylvania

During today's Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee meeting on the casino gaming industry in Pennsylvania, Eric Schippers, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations representing Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course speaks to the merits of allowing iGaming to take place in casinos across the Commonwealth. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Municipal pension reform bill Floor vote will likely be held off

Municipal pension reform bill Floor vote will likely be held off

While House Bill 316—a bill to substantially reform Pennsylvania’s more than 1,400 municipal pension plans—was moved out of the House State Government Committee Tuesday morning, its consideration on the House Floor will likely be held off until state public pension reform legislation is dealt with by the legislature.

House Bill 316 would require all municipalities to move newly-hired police and firefighters into a cash balance pension system.

“There are no immediate plans [to run the bill] at this particular moment,” said Steve Miskin spokesperson for the House Speaker and Majority Leader. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Turzai, Christiana discuss latest impact fee distributions

VIDEO: Turzai, Christiana discuss latest impact fee distributions

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) discussed the latest impact fee distributions across Pennsylvania, as well as protecting Marcellus Shale-related jobs at a press conference held in the Capitol. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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