Purely public charities constitutional amendment receives Senate hearing

Noting the weightiness of the issue, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Wednesday afternoon on the much debated constitutional amendment to place the authority of determining what entities are purely public charities solely within the scope of the General Assembly.

Purely public charities are constitutionally exempt from many revenue generating taxes. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Determination as to OOR head’s independence will have to wait a month

Determination as to OOR head’s independence will have to wait a month

Wednesday saw the much-anticipated Commonwealth Court hearing to decide whether the Corbett-appointed head of the Office of Open Records, Erik Arneson, was rightly fired by Gov. Tom Wolf come and go.

The hearing ended in an agreement between the parties that there will be a new hearing before an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court on March 11 to bring final resolution to the matter.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill requiring those seeking state benefits to prove citizenship moves closer to passage

A bill that would require adults seeking state benefits to show proof of citizenship moved through the Senate State Government Committee Wednesday.

The bill—Senate Bill 9—was introduced this session by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette).

He told The PLS Reporter that the bill is about accountability.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.4.15

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

Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) held a press event in the Main Rotunda today featuring leaders from the health, science and faith communities to support the Clean Power Plan, which establishes state-by-state carbon emissions rate reduction targets.  Poune Saberi, MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Physician with Physicians for Social Responsibility, said air pollution has long-lasting environmental effects and health effects in adults and especially children, which can result in a variety of ailments that effect the population’s overall health and wellbeing. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Proposed Marcellus drilling tax distributes proceeds to other statewide initiatives

VIDEO: Proposed Marcellus drilling tax distributes proceeds to other statewide initiatives

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), along with co-sponsors Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny), and Pam DeLissio (D-Philadelphia) introduced a piece of legislation on Wednesday that would impose a drilling tax within the Marcellus Shale and distribute those proceeds to statewide initiatives. The proposal calls for a 3.2 percent drilling tax, while also keeping the impact fee created by Act 13 to help communities directly affected by drilling. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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