Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Internet gaming was just a few of the ideas brought up by senators Thursday as the chamber started the final day of its first week of budget hearings with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

This has not been the first time expanding gaming into an online market has been floated in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Thursday, March 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Increased municipal law enforcement role concerning for State Police

Increased municipal law enforcement role concerning for State Police

A long running concern among those in law enforcement and municipal policing circles was reintroduced at Wednesday’s Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police when they were asked how they are suited to take on additional municipal policing duties for localities choosing to give up local law enforcement.

The Pennsylvania State Police acts as law enforcement of last resort for all of Pennsylvania.

“Twenty-five small agencies dissolved last year requiring the State Police to take on those responsibilities,” said Acting State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Chancery courts coming to Pennsylvania?

Chancery courts coming to Pennsylvania?

In a brief exchange between lawmakers and some of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Justices, the idea was floated to bring chancery courts to Pennsylvania.

Much unlike the Court of Chancery in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, chancery courts in the United States are courts specializing in business law and disputes.

Their expertise has been seen by many as a key factor in Delaware’s business-friendly environment.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would decrease access to justice

Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would decrease access to justice

Calling the budget proposal for the Judicial branch “flat-lined,” Justice Michael Eakin said the currently proposed level funding of the Judicial branch in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal would put the court $30 million in the hole.

“If we do nothing, we can’t meet our budget because of increases beyond our control,” he said. “This year, specifically, the two major drivers that put us in trouble are the pension contribution increase requested of us at about $11 million and medical benefits, which best estimates are another $10 million.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmaker, L&I secretary spar over effect of raising PA’s minimum wage

Lawmaker, L&I secretary spar over effect of raising PA’s minimum wage

Acting Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino was in front of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday for her department’s budget hearing.

Among a number of topics discussed by Sec. Manderino and committee members, a wide gap surrounding the likely effects of raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage between Republican members and the Democratic-secretary became apparent.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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