All attention on pension reform as liquor continues to stall

With the movement of a pension reform proposal being critical to the approval of a state budget by Gov. Tom Corbett, all legislative momentum Monday turned toward passing a reform plan.

Noting that liquor privatization or reform still lacks the necessary 26 votes in the Senate, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre) confirmed to The PLS Reporter that the focus of his caucus is working toward getting pension reform done.

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Monday, June 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Omnibus budget amendment expected Tuesday

As budget amendments were considered Monday on the House floor, an omnibus budget amendment that will be the starting point for a final spending plan will be offered in the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.

“Sometime, hopefully [Tuesday], there will be an omnibus amendment offered and the vehicle will be voted out of the Appropriations Committee and moved on to the floor as the Speaker sees fit,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware).

As to how the amendment achieves its required balanced status, Chairman Adolph simply said “stay tuned,” noting the process to bring the amendment to fruition has taken a month-and-a-half.

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Monday, June 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Corman gives budget update; talks pension and liquor reform

VIDEO: Corman gives budget update; talks pension and liquor reform

 Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman gives the latest in budget news. 

Monday, June 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.23.14

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

  • Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) hosted an event to officially recognize June 22, 2014, as “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in Pennsylvania. Rep. Oberlander explained that HR 566 honors the thousands of men and women risking their lives every day to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state and recognizes the tireless efforts, extreme conditions, personal sacrifice, and risk involved for those men and women.
  • Pro-immigration advocates rallied on the Capitol steps to urge legislators to pass HB 1648, which would allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. Valerie Birch said she was proud to be a part of the group rallying for drivers’ licenses. “We might speak different languages but we are all Pennsylvanians,” announced Birch. “We are in a state in a nation of many languages and cultures. We all need to come together and be part of one community.” 

Monday, June 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Kane report shows investigative steps should have been taken sooner in Sandusky case

VIDEO: Kane report shows investigative steps should have been taken sooner in Sandusky case

Special investigator H. Geoffrey Moulton. Jr. discusses the report of the investigation into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. 

Monday, June 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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