Capitol Quick Hits for 11.7.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 11.7.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 38-member Elder Law Task Force, appointed by the court in 2013 and chaired by Justice Debra Todd, released a comprehensive report detailing specific recommendations to help lay the foundation for improvements in tackling issues in the courts involving guardianship, elder abuse, and neglect today in the Capitol Media Center. The Elder Law Task Force was comprised of experts with an interest in elders and different perspectives of how elder Pennsylvanians engage with the judicial system.
  • Members of Bishop Jack Wisor Ministries and the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Ministry held a press conference this afternoon in the Capitol Main Rotunda to highlight Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. Marianne Snedden, board member for Just for Jesus Outreach Ministry said homelessness is a growing problem in Pennsylvania and emphasized that Bishop Wisor “has the solution for what is needed today” and urged people to “listen to his message.”
  • The Christian Homeschool  Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) held a celebration of Act 196 of 2014 today in the Capitol Main Rotunda. The legislation would amend the Public School Code by allowing a high school diploma awarded by a supervisor or an approved diploma-granting organization be recognized across the state. 

Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Keeping up with the neighbors: chemical storage rules in WV, a legislative pay raise in NY, and film tax credits expiring in NJ

This week we look at new chemical storage tank rules in West Virginia, a legislative pay raise on tap in New York, and film tax credits expiring in New Jersey.
Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure; a year after Act 89, Part I

Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure; a year after Act 89, Part I

November 25th will mark the first anniversary of Governor Tom Corbett’s signing of Act 89 into law, which proponents described as “Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive piece of state transportation legislation in decades.” The legislation was designed to provide an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion for the Commonwealth’s transportation system by its fifth year.

A key player in securing the passage of Act 89 was Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch. The PLS Reporter sat down with Sec. Schoch to discuss the impact of Act 89 in the commonwealth, provided here in a three-part series. 

Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Freshman Focus: Mario Scavello (R-Monroe)

Freshman Focus: Mario Scavello (R-Monroe)

Meet Sen.-elect Mario Scavello (R-Monroe). Although he is not new to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, find out why this former House Representative ran for the state Senate in his district, what he hopes to accomplish, and what sites are on his "must see" list when traveling the country. 

Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court - A State of Flux

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is facing a number of uncertainties going into 2015. The Court has only six sitting justices instead of its full complement of seven, with two more vacancies coming in 2015. There have not been three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court since the days of its colonial predecessor, the Provincial Appellate Court, established by William Penn in 1684. How they will be filled is an open question that Pennsylvania voters and its next governor will be obliged to answer, all while efforts underway to increase the mandatory retirement age could impact the terms of three more justices.

Friday, November 14, 2014/Author: Corinna Wilson
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