Supreme Court takes case to decide fate of gas station beer sales

Supreme Court takes case to decide fate of gas station beer sales

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday granted the appeal by the Malt Beverage Distributors Association to determine whether a gas station can serve gasoline and alcohol in the same “location.”

In the case of Malt Beverage Distributors Association v. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Sheetz), the Supreme Court asked the parties to brief the questions of: can a single store sell both gasoline and beer without violating the Liquor Code; what is a “location” under section 404 of the Liquor Code; and what is “place or property” under section 468(a)(3) of the Liquor Code.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
AG Kane to keep it to one term

AG Kane to keep it to one term

While providing a full-throated defense of her controversial tenure as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Kathleen Kane announced Tuesday that she will not be seeking a second term in office.

The announcement comes the day nominating petitions are due to be filed with the Department of State in order for candidates to appear on the ballot.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Wolf signs criminal history sealing expansion bill

VIDEO: Wolf signs criminal history sealing expansion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) in a press conference for the signing of SB 166. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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GAVELED OUT: The attempted removal of Kathleen Kane 125 years from now

GAVELED OUT: The attempted removal of Kathleen Kane 125 years from now

GAVELED OUT is a semi-regular column from The PLS Reporter

The Pennsylvania Senate recently held a full vote on whether the Commonwealth’s Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, should be removed from office by Gov. Tom Wolf under their “address” of elected civil officer authority given in Article 6, section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

That effort fell a few votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to address the governor to remove the attorney general, but the speeches given on the Senate floor on both sides of the issue were nonetheless heartfelt, thoroughly considered, and—as noted by several members—things that will be looked at in the future should the Senate be called upon again to consider whether or not to exercise this power.

Friday, February 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
Pennsylvania has mixed reaction to stay of federal Clean Power Plan

Pennsylvania has mixed reaction to stay of federal Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court took the rare step of putting a stay on the implementation of the federally mandated Clean Power Plan until it decides to take and/or decide the case when proceedings are finished before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case of Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA.

The decision was 5-4 with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voting to keep the plan’s implementation rolling while the case moves through the federal appeals process.

Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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