DePasquale, Torsella warn lawmakers that internal borrowing to plug General Fund holes might be a thing of the past

DePasquale, Torsella warn lawmakers that internal borrowing to plug General Fund holes might be a thing of the past

In a letter to lawmakers dated Wednesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella warmed members of the General Assembly that the “Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges” might put an end to the often-used tool of borrowing from Treasury funds to ensure the General Fund does not fall into a negative balance.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Leach effort to prohibit use of animals in travelling circuses delayed amid controversy, debate

Senate Bill 248—legislation sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) that would criminalize the use of wild or exotic animals in travelling circuses—was held off for a scheduled committee vote Tuesday morning as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested more time to review the bill and questioned its premise.

 

According to Sen. Leach, the legislation is aimed at prohibiting the use of animals at travelling circuses and carnivals and not meant to impinge on standing zoos, even when they transport animals on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bill aimed at opening up private land for more recreational use clears committee

Bill aimed at opening up private land for more recreational use clears committee

For three consecutive legislative sessions, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) has been fighting an uphill battle for his House Bill 544 and Tuesday that effort was reignited with the legislation clearing the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee along a party-line vote.

 

The bill is aimed at increasing recreational activities on private land by expanding the current Recreational Use of Land and Water Act—a law limiting liability for private landowners who open up their land to certain recreational uses free of charge—by covering improvements on the land and opening up the land, according to the legislation’s cosponsorship memo, "all recreational activities undertaken for exercise, education and pleasure, including snowmobiling and ATV and motorcycle riding."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

As pension reform legislation is likely to wind up shortly in the legislative rearview mirror, all eyes will soon be turning into work on a state budget, which now only has 24 days remaining until the next fiscal year begins and a budget is set to be in place.

 

On Monday, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) and Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) for an update on where things stand.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1—the major pension reform bill making its way through the General Assembly—easily cleared the Senate by a vote of 40-9 Monday afternoon. Within only a few short hours, the legislation was quickly taken up by the House State Government Committee where it advanced to full House along bipartisan lines.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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