Status check on Gov. Wolf’s department head nominations

The final announcement of Gov. Tom Wolf’s picks to head Pennsylvania’s various executive branch departments came before his inauguration in January, but not much has been heard about the status of cabinet since then except for brief mentions that the nominations could be a potential pressure point as a result of the governor’s actions in the firing of Erik Arneson from the Office of Open Records.

So, what is their status?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 2.10.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.10.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Colleen Sheehay-Church was joined by families of DUI victims and Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Keith Greiner (R-Lancaster) to support SB 290 and HB 278, which would require convicted drunk drivers with illegal blood alcohol concentration of .10 or greater to use ignition interlock for at least six months.
  • Leaders from the behavioral health, legal, and health care advocacy communities, collectively a part of Cover the Commonwealth’s effort to bring Medicaid expansion to Pennsylvania, hosted a conference call this morning to praise Gov. Wolf’s decision yesterday to transition from Healthy PA to full Medicaid expansion in the commonwealth. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Exact path of mandatory judicial retirement age change remains murky

Monday, the House of Representatives gave second consideration to two pieces of legislation introduced by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) that would increase the mandatory retirement age of judges from age 70 to 75.

However, the exact route this or other similar legislation will take to final passage is still yet to be seen.

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

UPDATED: Gov. Wolf chooses full Medicaid expansion

Beginning the process of leaving the Medicaid expansion portion of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA plan behind, Gov. Tom Wolf Monday announced he is beginning the process of bringing full and traditional Medicaid expansion to Pennsylvania.

The first step came Monday when Gov. Wolf directed the Department of Human Services to submit a letter to the federal government withdrawing the yet-to-be-approved “low-risk” option of Gov. Corbett’s state-specific Medicaid expansion plan.

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bills introduced to bolster rights of rape victims

Bills introduced to bolster rights of rape victims

Bills to be introduced in both chambers Monday would seek to strengthen the rights of rape victims who have conceived a child as a result of a rape and decide to carry the pregnancy to term.

Due to a current loophole in Pennsylvania law, rapists can still challenge for parental and/or visitation rights with children born out of the rape.

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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