Special Committee on Senate Address launches public website

The committee reviewing whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane can perform her job with a suspended law license as a precursor to possible removal proceedings launched its promised public website Thursday morning.

The website can be found at senateaddress.pasen.gov.

The website was launched along with a public email address that members of the public can use to communicate with the committee. That email is senateaddress@pasen.gov.

According to a press release, the website will serve as a public resource that will provide audio and video of committee public meetings or hearings and provide as a document resource on informational materials pertinent to the committee’s work.

Thursday, October 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf on budget impasse: “It’s not time for partisanship”

Gov. Wolf on budget impasse: “It’s not time for partisanship”

Gov. Tom Wolf spoke on a scheduled appearance during Pittsburgh’s KQV 1410 AM morning show Thursday saying, while he is awaiting a GOP proposal to break the budget stalemate, it’s time to put partisanship aside.

Likening the current budget struggle to that of a past bipartisan solution—transportation funding legislation passed in 2013—he called on both sides of the impasse to come together to solve issues both sides agree need to be addressed.

Among those, he pointed to the need to increase education funding, fix the structural deficit, and make Pennsylvania’s tax system fairer by reforming property taxes.

“It’s not time for partisanship,” he told morning show how PJ Maloney. “We really need to recognize the things we have in common—which is a good Pennsylvania—and come to some agreement on what we need to do to move Pennsylvania forward.”

Thursday, October 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation seeks to close domestic violence loophole

Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) was supported by other legislators, two district attorneys, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Wednesday as she pushed for her legislation—House Bill 1581—which would make strangulation a felony offense.

Last year Pennsylvania had 97 deaths as a result of domestic violence and six of them involved strangulation, a crime advocates say does not fit “nicely” into current domestic violence offenses and can often leave no visible signals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Corman: “We’re trying to put something together that deals with not only this year’s budget, but next year’s budget as well”

Corman: “We’re trying to put something together that deals with not only this year’s budget, but next year’s budget as well”

Following Wednesday’s failed stopgap veto override vote, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) briefed a small group of reporters on the status of budget discussions.

While he said the House and Senate Republicans haven’t agreed on a plan yet, they recognize “the ball is in our court” in trying to come up with a plan since the governor’s plan failed.

“We’re trying to come up with a comprehensive plan that would keep the spirit of what we’re trying to accomplish through pension reform, keeping the tax burden down, while at the same time recognizing some of the governor’s priorities,” he said.

He noted a difference in trying to come up with a plan now and a plan before June 30th has to do with trying to recognize some of the governor’s priorities and how they fit in with key Republican concepts in terms of pension reform, liquor privatization, and property tax relief all while keeping the burden on Pennsylvania taxpayers as low as possible and dealing with the structural deficit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 10.28.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.28.15

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

  • Joined by top prosecutors from across the state, victims’ rights advocates and fellow lawmakers, Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to urge passage of legislation she has introduced that would make strangulation a felony in Pennsylvania. HB 1581 would close a loophole in state law that has allowed some domestic abusers to escape prosecution. 
  • Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Garry Tennis, Secretary of Health Karen Murphy, and Chairman of Crime and Delinquency Josh Shapiro as Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is cause by an opioid drug. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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