Bill requiring those seeking state benefits to prove citizenship moves closer to passage

A bill that would require adults seeking state benefits to show proof of citizenship moved through the Senate State Government Committee Wednesday.

The bill—Senate Bill 9—was introduced this session by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette).

He told The PLS Reporter that the bill is about accountability.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.4.15

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

Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) held a press event in the Main Rotunda today featuring leaders from the health, science and faith communities to support the Clean Power Plan, which establishes state-by-state carbon emissions rate reduction targets.  Poune Saberi, MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Physician with Physicians for Social Responsibility, said air pollution has long-lasting environmental effects and health effects in adults and especially children, which can result in a variety of ailments that effect the population’s overall health and wellbeing. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Proposed Marcellus drilling tax distributes proceeds to other statewide initiatives

VIDEO: Proposed Marcellus drilling tax distributes proceeds to other statewide initiatives

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), along with co-sponsors Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny), and Pam DeLissio (D-Philadelphia) introduced a piece of legislation on Wednesday that would impose a drilling tax within the Marcellus Shale and distribute those proceeds to statewide initiatives. The proposal calls for a 3.2 percent drilling tax, while also keeping the impact fee created by Act 13 to help communities directly affected by drilling. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Senate democrats seek to open doors to higher education

VIDEO: Senate democrats seek to open doors to higher education

During a Wednesday morning press conference, a coalition of Senators from the Democratic caucus unveiled a 13-bill package that would make it more affordable for students to attend college and graduate with less debt. The College Access Plan, or CAP, was introduced by Sens. Anthony Williams (Philadelphia), Jay Costa (Allegheny), Lisa Boscola (Lehigh), Vince Hughes (Philadelphia), Rob Teplitz (Dauphin), Andy Dinniman (Chester), Larry Farnese (Philadelphia) and John Wozniak (Cambria). 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.3.15

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

  • The Pennsylvania Medical Society  (PAMED) held a panel discussion regarding the recent rise in measles cases and the importance of vaccinations. Michael Frazier, PhD, executive vice president of PAMED, said the measles outbreak in California has spread to 11 other states, including one case in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland County.
  • A group of 27 advocacy and direct service organizations held a conference call this morning to announce the creation of the Making Work Pay Coalition. Tam St. Claire, President of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC), explained that the coalition was started in response to the need to address the hurdles low wage earning women and their families experience every year.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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