Sponsors Hopeful Amendment Will Lead to Historic Vote on Property Tax Elimination

Sponsors Hopeful Amendment Will Lead to Historic Vote on Property Tax Elimination

Today, senators unveiled a comprehensive amendment to legislation that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania. They are hoping the amendment will be the key to moving the bill to the governor’s desk.

“We believe that we are closer than ever before to slaying the school district property tax beast,” said Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), prime sponsor of Senate Bill 76.

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Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.28.14

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

  • The PA Coal Alliance and Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh held a press conference today to unveil an impact study on the economic effects of coal in Pennsylvania. 

  • In partnership with the Bethesda Mission, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and the House Majority Policy Committee unveiled a report on statewide poverty at a press event.  Rep. Reed explained that the report focuses on 13 common barriers to exiting poverty, which the committee found all center around employment; identifies successful programs; and looks ahead to the next steps.
  • Gov. Tom Corbett paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust at a remembrance ceremony Monday. The governor said keeping alive the memory of Holocaust victims is a solemn duty of people who want to ensure such terrible acts are never repeated. 

  • Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne) was joined by  volunteers from the American Heart Association to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and promote legislation that would require all newborns to be screened for the defects.
  • Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Allyson Schwartz spoke at the monthly Press Club Luncheon at the Harrisburg Hilton. She touted that her 24-year track record in Harrisburg and Washington makes her the strongest Democratic candidate for governor.
  • Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) were joined by several waterfront development organizations from across the state at a press conference to speak about their legislation- the Waterfront Development Tax Credit- which seeks to encourage private investment and spur economic development and environmental improvements along the state’s waterways.
  • As part of their annual lobby day at the Capitol, the Humane Society of Pennsylvania honored and awarded several legislators, including Rep. Todd Stephens (R- Montgomery), Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) and Rep. Dom Costa (D- Allegheny) for their work over the past year. 

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

A Kentucky lawyer and a government watchdog organization were the lone testifiers at Monday’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on possible ethics reform legislation.

The hearing was called in response to numerous news reports regarding a sting operation halted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane that showed state legislators taking cash gifts in exchange for votes on pending legislation.

Noting the Senate just passed a bill and a rule banning cash gifts from lobbyists or those seeking business before the state, committee chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) said the hearing is the first step in broader ethics reform.

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VIDEO: Sen. Smucker Discusses Gift Ban Legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Smucker Discusses Gift Ban Legislation

Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) reacts to gift ban legislation discussed at a Senate State Government Committee hearing on Monday. Those testifying at the hearing were Barry Kaufman, Executive Director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania and John Schaaf, Counsel for the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. 

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Sit in to Occur if Governor Refuses Meeting with Medical Marijuana Advocates

Sit in to Occur if Governor Refuses Meeting with Medical Marijuana Advocates

Six months of waiting is too long for Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and advocates of medical marijuana who today vowed to sit in the governor’s outer office if he refuses to set up a meeting with them by May 2.

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