VIDEO: Farina pushes for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Farina pushes for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

During a news conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda, Rep. Frank Farina (D-Lackawanna) and Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) introduced legislation they authored that would permit the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission to allow Sunday hunting in the Commonwealth. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Scarnati discusses latest in budget negotiations

VIDEO: Scarnati discusses latest in budget negotiations

President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joseph Scarnati talks with The PLS Reporter about the latest in budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Following Tuesday’s weekly budget meeting between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republican leadership, negotiators remained silent as to possible areas of potential agreement, but offered mixed reaction as to the progress of the ongoing negotiations surrounding the budget and related major pieces of legislation.

Tuesday’s discussions lasted about 30 minutes.

First out of the meeting to catch up with reporters was House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that talks are still progressing on the big issues.

“Certainly, sometimes these meetings are more going through an update on what staff has been meeting on in the working groups,” he said. “We’re still plowing ahead.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Marcus Brown saga ends as Acting Commissioner withdraws name from further consideration

Marcus Brown saga ends as Acting Commissioner withdraws name from further consideration

The ongoing saga surrounding the failed confirmation and potential renomination of Acting State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown ended Monday when the Wolf administration announced Col. Brown has withdrawn his name from further consideration for the position.

"It has been an honor leading the State Police, and the men and women of this organization are of the highest caliber. I thank Gov. Wolf for this opportunity," Col. Brown said in a statement. "I will remain as acting commissioner until Gov. Wolf selects a new nominee.”

Gov. Wolf, in accepting the withdrawal, noted Col. Brown’s experience while chiding the Senate for rejecting his nomination.

“Marcus Brown is the type of leader that Pennsylvania would be lucky to have," Gov. Wolf said in a statement. "Despite Marcus’ vast and unquestioned qualifications, the Senate wrongfully rejected his nomination in a move that put politics above the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania, and it is now appropriate to select a new nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police."

Monday, June 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Arneson to resume Open Records director post for the time

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that his administration would not oppose the motion to lift the stay of the Commonwealth Court’s order of last week reinstating Erik Arneson as head of the Office of Open Records, while his office appeals the decisions.

In cases of an appeal, there is an automatic stay of the lower court’s order unless lifted.

After the Commonwealth Court held that Gov. Wolf exceeded his authority in firing Arneson in February, the Wolf administration stated their intention to appeal. When Arneson showed up to work at the Office of Open Records after the court order, he was turned away pending the appeal.

The decision Monday effectively reinstates Arneson to the post for which he was hired by Gov. Tom Corbett and later fired from by Gov. Wolf.

Monday, June 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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