Auditor General, legislators cast light on troubling PDE conduct

Auditor General, legislators cast light on troubling PDE conduct

During Thursday’s meeting with the House Republican Policy Committee, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told committee members he’s uncovered a number of troubling actions on the part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education while conducting his department’s yet-to-be-released audit.

“[There] is a culture in that agency that is not healthy for fostering good education outcomes,” he told the committee.

He said that his department’s audit will focus on, among other things, what PDE does to help school districts that are struggling academically, specifically on reporting.

“School districts are incredibly frustrated,” he added. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Benninghoff discusses audits of Pennsylvania's school districts

VIDEO: Benninghoff discusses audits of Pennsylvania's school districts

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre) offers comments after Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's testimony before the House Policy Committee on audits of the state's school districts. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Reed says property tax reform bill coming soon, provides budget update

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) held a late afternoon conference call with reporters to provide a budget update and give insight into the Spring/Summer legislative schedule of the House.

During the call, Rep. Reed told reporters that a bill to bring dollar-for-dollar reductions in school property taxes could be considered by the House in a matter of weeks. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

Continuing their review of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee and House Health Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday on the concept of legalizing medical marijuana.

During the hearing, the committees heard from a number of law enforcement groups including the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association.

While all three remained somewhat skeptical of the concept, none of the law enforcement organizations categorically opposed the legalization of medical marijuana under the condition that the system used to implement and regulate the use of medical marijuana is strict.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) to strengthen the rights of subcontractors over their prime contractors and owners was the subject of a two-hour hearing in front of the House Commerce Committee Tuesday.

According to Rep. Tobash, the bill—House Bill 726—will ensure subcontractors are protected against unscrupulous contractors and owners.

“We’ve got some elements of the law right now that are setting the playing field to really allow misconduct by unscrupulous general contractors and, maybe in some cases, owners,” he told The PLS Reporter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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