Gormley’s fate remains up in the air as Kistler withdraws from high court consideration

Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler announced Monday that he has withdrawn his name for consideration to be confirmed to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

Though he has been tied to racially insensitive emails, Kistler said he is withdrawing his name from consideration due to issues that have arisen in his home county that require his attention.

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Ross explains some differences of the liquor privatization bill

Ross explains some differences of the liquor privatization bill

During the latest House Liquor Control Committee meeting, Chairman Chris Ross (R-Chester) explains three differences between the liquor privatization bill offered this session vs. last session. 

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Liquor privatization opponents battle public relations issues as proposal moves toward House passage

Liquor privatization opponents battle public relations issues as proposal moves toward House passage

As the House Liquor Control Committee advanced the most current liquor privatization plan to the House floor, opponents admittedly are continuing to face an uphill PR climb in explaining why they believe alcohol sales modernization provides greater customer convenience and makes more fiscal sense than privatization.

“There is a little bit of an educational problem,” said House Minority Whip Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Centre). “When people understand what modernization means versus privatization, they want modernization. They want the consumer convenience, the selection, and the pricing.”

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislator hopes horse-trading can bring climate change issues to the fore

Legislator hopes horse-trading can bring climate change issues to the fore

While acknowledging the current political climate makes putting issues like climate change front-and-center more difficult, Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), minority chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, announced Thursday he is introducing three pieces of legislation to reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough issue given the composition of the legislature,” Rep. Vitali said Thursday. “The legislature is very conservative.”

Thursday, February 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committee examines better ways to fund 911 services

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Wednesday held a hearing to find better ways to fund E-911 services, an issue county governments have said is a main priority.

The issue has become a pressing one as the Emergency Telephone Act, which implemented a surcharge on wireless devices that goes to funding 911 call centers, is due to expire at the end of June.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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