Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

As the Pennsylvania Senate continues to advance a vehicle bill to house potential new congressional lines coming from the General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a fiscal note to Senate Bill 1034 that pegs the potential costs associated with redrawing the congressional map as high as $1.28 million.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), Jerry Oleksiak, will take over the reins at the department full time after the Pennsylvania Senate failed to give him an up or down vote on the floor in time to meet the constitutional requirement for consideration within 25 legislative days from the governor’s nomination.

                                                   

The L&I position became open after former secretary Kathy Manderino stepped down from the role in mid-July to take a spot on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate poised to urge Gov. Wolf to reverse portion of state park natural gas leasing moratorium

Senate poised to urge Gov. Wolf to reverse portion of state park natural gas leasing moratorium

A resolution making its way through the state Senate urges Gov. Tom Wolf to reverse his moratorium on new natural gas drilling leases in state parks by allowing drilling where there will be no surface disturbance.

 

The measure, Senate Resolution 104 sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), was passed out of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday along a party-line vote.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

On January 10, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf took what many saw as the dramatic step of issuing a statewide disaster declaration over the opioid epidemic currently gripping the commonwealth.

 

Since that time, Pennsylvania’s governmental entities—from the executive and legislative branches, all the way to local governments—are continuing to step up the fight against opioid abuse and overdose deaths.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Assuming the US Supreme Court does not grant a stay of the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court’s order for a mid-February redraw of Pennsylvania’s 2011 congressional map the latter court found unconstitutional last week, experts retained by both Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Supreme Court are likely to play some role in how a new map is crafted and found to be constitutional.

Sunday, January 28, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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