House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Monday unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) that would further centralize and incentivize agriculture education in Pennsylvania.

 

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education, which will be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 44: Wendell Young IV

Wendell Young IV, the president of UFCW 1776, joins the podcast this week to argue against further liquor privatization. We talk about the budgetary side of the debate, how further privatization might impact jobs, and what his organization will be up to in order to prevent further privatization legislation from becoming law.

 

In an overview of the week's news, we discuss the House vote on gaming expansion legislation, the pension reform bill on the governor's desk, and give a budget update.

Friday, June 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

It was a year ago this week that Gov. Tom Wolf signed major alcohol sales reform legislation, and this week the legislature sent him the largest public pension reform legislation Pennsylvania has seen in decades.

 

After years of work, debate, and emotion, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives put the final votes to Senate Bill 1, passing the measure by a vote of 143-52 Thursday morning.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

With some form of gaming expansion on everyone’s plate for revenue generation to fund the FY 2017-2018 budget, the House took an important step Wednesday by loading a “kitchen sink” gaming expansion bill that includes the legalization of controversial video gaming terminals and expands Pennsylvania’s current gaming apparatus to include iGaming, fantasy sports regulation, airport gaming tablets, legalized sports betting, off track betting slots, and casino simulcasting.

 

The legislation also takes the step of fixing the local shares assessment found unconstitutional last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and which lawmakers are obligated to fix in this budget cycle to ensure casino host communities get a share of the revenues.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Constitutional change to fight Philadelphia job stagnation begins second march through legislature

Constitutional change to fight Philadelphia job stagnation begins second march through legislature

A proposed state constitutional change by Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) to give Philadelphia the tools to fight job stagnation and economic decline began its second trip through the legislature for the second-consecutive session Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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