VIDEO: State Police Commissioner favors local police using radar for speeding in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: State Police Commissioner favors local police using radar for speeding in Pennsylvania

During today's Senate Transportation Committee meeting, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan discussed his reasons for why he thinks using radar guns should be used as a means of speed enforcement across the state. This proposal is part of SB 1340 by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) .

Tuesday, June 17, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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House says true liquor privatization necessary for revenue generators

According to a House Republican spokesperson, it will take Senate passage of true liquor privatization and possibly the so-called paycheck protection legislation before the House will take up a natural gas severance tax.

At this point, however, the Senate does not have the votes even for liquor reform, much less full-on privatization.

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Monday, June 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform stalls again Monday as Senate considers taking up issue

The House made no progress Monday on pension reform, seemingly a key condition to budget passage.   

All focus has been on House Bill 1353, but it was not discussed in the House Republican caucus or on the House floor.

Last week, the plan also failed to gain the necessary votes to be considered on the floor as members voiced concerns and fought campaigns against the plan from outside interest groups.

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Monday, June 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.16.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.16.14

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

  • Immigration advocates and refugees in Pennsylvania gathered on the steps of the Main Capitol Rotunda to recognize World Refugee Week. 
  • Rep. John Sabatina (D-Philadephia) was joined by advocate groups for a rally in the Main Capitol Rotunda is support of HB 1474, or Paul’s Law, which would prohibit discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.
  • Faith leaders, business leaders, and members of the LGBT community joined lawmakers in the Capitol Media Center to advocate for the passage of SB/HB 300 to end discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation. 

Monday, June 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Little progress on budget, increased likelihood of missing June 30 deadline

Lawmakers were told by leadership Monday that they should be prepared to remain in the Capitol into the first week in July. There were no scheduled budget meetings Monday at the Capitol and only informal negotiations over the weekend.

“It is unlikely that we will finish our work by June 30,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

He said he is telling his members to prepare to stay at least into the first week of July. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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