Capitol Quick Hits for 9.15.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.15.14

Members of Humane PA and other animal activists gathered in the Main Rotunda on Monday to bring awareness to HB 1750, a bill to prohibit the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption. The legislation would also end live pigeon shoot contests. 

Speakers at the event included President & CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of Humane PA, Karel Minor, and Rep. John Maher (Allegheny). 

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

The House Finance Committee Monday considered two bills that would reduce the amount Pennsylvania would be able to borrow for capital projects in the coming years.

Both bills moved out of committee largely along party-lines with Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming) being the only Democrat to vote in favor of the measures.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Corbett’s major priorities still possible following meeting with legislative leadership

The conclusion from Monday morning’s “status check” meeting between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett was that there is still hope major priorities like liquor privatization and public employee pension reform will reach the governor's desk.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
CAPITOL CROWD: Miriam Fox, Democratic Executive Director for the House Appropriations Committee

CAPITOL CROWD: Miriam Fox, Democratic Executive Director for the House Appropriations Committee

The PLS Reporter sat down with Miriam Fox, the Democratic Executive Director for the House Appropriations Committee to discuss her career, where she got her start, and the places she likes to hike. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Capitol Crowd
School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School board members and school business officials today said overhauling Pennsylvania’s “antiquated” school reconstruction reimbursement program, known as PlanCon, will save property-tax payers and provide school districts greater certainty when planning construction projects.

Together, they called for Senate action on House Bill 2124—legislation introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York)—which they say will provide for needed changes to the current law.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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