Outgoing Speaker offers "quick takes" at Press Club Luncheon

Outgoing Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) was the guest today at the November Press Club Luncheon, and he used the opportunity to offer commentary on the lot of state legislators, political correctness, and a lamentation of "clickbait" journalism.
Monday, November 24, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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A very Neighborly Thanksgiving

To mark Thanksgiving, The New York Times has put together a compendium of signature dishes from every state in the Union (Pennsylvania’s is glazed bacon.) Here are their selections for the commonwealth’s regional neighbors, along with some fascinating context.
Monday, November 24, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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House Judiciary Committee explores staffing levels at state correctional facilities

Corrections officers today warned members of the House Judiciary Committee that continued understaffing at state prisons is dangerous to staff and inmates, and costly to the state.
Thursday, November 20, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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Capitol Quick Hits for 11.20.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 11.20.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network celebrated the American Cancer Society’s 39th annual Great American Smokeout in the Capitol Main Rotunda by calling on Pennsylvania’s lawmakers and governor to protect the health of Pennsylvania’s residents by raising the state’s cigarette tax, establishing a tax on other tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco and invest in tobacco use prevention and cessation programs. 
  • Today Gov. Tom Corbett awarded a $750,000 Discovered in PA-Developed in PA (D2PA) grant to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to collaborate with Drexel University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The grant is to establish the Pennsylvania Interactive Media Consortium in an effort to grow the high-tech sector of digital entertainment and video gaming. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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A Closer Look: Legislative Reference Bureau with Vince DeLiberato

A Closer Look: Legislative Reference Bureau with Vince DeLiberato

Founded in 1909, the Legislative Reference Bureau is one of the oldest joint legislative agencies in Harrisburg. It was first started in response to a trend of legislators beginning to pass more general legislation, as opposed to local legislation which they would handle individually.

 

“Basically, we’re a law office serving the legislative branch of government and the executive branch of government,” Vince DeLiberato, director of the Legislative Reference Bureau, told The PLS Reporter, though he added that the bureau’s jurisdiction is limited to legislative work.

Thursday, November 20, 2014/Author: Josh Levy
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