Senate statute of limitations reform bill to get more discussion, changes in House

Senate statute of limitations reform bill to get more discussion, changes in House

While Senate Bill 261—legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would eliminate criminal and civil statutes of limitation in certain child sexual abuse cases—was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, the bill was ultimately passed over so committee members can further discuss the legislation with a possible aim toward amending the legislation at a future committee meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tuesdays events include Pitt day, questioning lawmakers on Trumpcare stance, and hope for clean air

Tuesdays events include Pitt day, questioning lawmakers on Trumpcare stance, and hope for clean air

At the Capitol Tuesday, students from the University of Pittsburgh took over the Rotunda as students walked around asking for money and support. 

Also, at the Capitol residents, of Pennsylvania held a press conference supporting Governor Wolf's proposal to reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. 

Lastly, the Capitol steps were filled with people chanting "whose side are you on?" which was referring to state representatives and their stance on Trumpcare.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor presented a Will of Council before City Council Tuesday morning strongly opposing the “draconian” cuts President Donald Trump has presented in his proposed budget, and to encourage Congress to reject his proposed spending plan. 

“Now is really the time, as a city, and as elected [officials] to reach out to other elected officials on the federal side to say how dramatic this would be to our city and the basic services that we provide,” said Councilman O’Connor at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

As of June 30, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sat on a funding reserve of $118 million, a report from an independent auditor released Monday morning states.

 

The audit, performed by accounting firm Boyer & Ritter of Camp Hill for the price of $172,500 and accepted by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) Monday shows that the legislative surplus—oft the aim of criticism over legislative transparency and money-hoarding—was down from the surplus of $126 million reported as of June 30, 2015, and nearly $90 million less than the surplus was just a decade ago.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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