The most enacted topics from last session were…

Each session, the General Assembly deals with a number of topics in legislation. However, most sessions have their concentrations given the pertinent issues of the day.

The 2013-2014 legislative session saw the General Assembly trying to tackle issues such as child abuse reporting, reforming Pennsylvania’s health care landscape in the wake of the federal Affordable Care Act and Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA initiative, as well as trying to jump start Pennsylvania’s economy.

So, how did these main themes compare with the amount of legislation sent to the governor this session?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping up with the neighbors - NJ, WV, NY

Questions abound for sports betting in New Jersey, fracking under the Ohio River in West Virginia, and shipping wine across state lines in New York.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Session ends with comparatively high bill pass rate, but what does it mean?

As the sun sets on the 2013-2014 legislative session, it does so on a legislature that had a historically high pass rate for introduced legislation.

During the two-year legislative session 3,988 bills were introduced in the General Assembly and referred to a standing committee. Of those, 366 made it all the way through the legislature and made their way to the governor’s desk; this equates to 9.1 percent of all bills introduced and referred.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Pigeon shoots - a legislative legacy

Pigeon shoot bans have been as close to legislative de rigeur as any issue over the last 25 years. The PLS Reporter explores the history of the practice and the movement to ban them in the commonwealth.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

McCaffery retirement leaves open unanswered appointment question

Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery announced his retirement Monday, effective immediately. As of now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not yet decided whether to appoint a replacement.

Any such appointment could raise interesting questions depending on the outcome of next Tuesday’s gubernatorial election.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views