Competing hearings continue House examination of pension reform legislation

Two competing House hearings Thursday continued the examination of Senate Bill 1, the Senate-passed defined contribution pension reform legislation.

Thursday, June 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.3.15

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

  • A coalition of 40 organizations representing education, labor, environmental, human services and community development groups from across the Commonwealth held news conference this afternoon calling on the members of the General Assembly to enact Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on the extraction of natural gas.
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) members, legislators, and stakeholders gathered in the Capitol today to announce the release of ACLU’s latest report- Guilty Property: How Law Enforcement Takes $1 Million in Cash from Innocent Philadelphians Every Year, and Gets Away with It – and speak to their audience about reforming the current laws regulating civil asset forfeiture.  
  • The Keystone Research Center hosted a conference call this morning to release a pension primer that analyzes the economic and legal ramifications of SB 1 and to discuss the experience of state that shifted from existing defined-benefit pensions to individual 401 (k)-style defined contribution accounts.
  • The Pennsylvania Cancer Fairness Coalition was joined by patient advocates, and healthcare professionals in the Main Capitol Rotunda to support SB 536, legislation that would provide for oral chemotherapy. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Col. Brown answers questions after Senate confirmation hearing

VIDEO: Col. Brown answers questions after Senate confirmation hearing

After his confirmation hearing before the Senate Law and Justice Committee today, Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown answered some additional questions from reporters. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Col. Brown on confirmation hearing: “These are the same questions that have been asked and answered”

Col. Brown on confirmation hearing: “These are the same questions that have been asked and answered”

Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown sat for his long-anticipated confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Law and Justice Committee Wednesday.

During the hearing, Col. Brown fielded questions from mostly Republican members asking him about controversial subjects from his distant and recent past including the tax exempt status of his two homes, the legality by which he is collecting a pension from his service with the Baltimore City Police Department, a controversial search on I-270 in Maryland, his wearing of the Pennsylvania State Police uniform, his law enforcement qualifications, his actions in the removal of yard signs opposed to his confirmation, and his support of Second Amendment rights.

After the hearing Col. Brown noted that the panel, who moved his nomination to the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee without opinion, addressed areas of his past that have not gone without prior examination.

“These are the same questions that have been asked and answered, some of the going back as far as ten years,” he told reporters following the hearing. “They’ve been asked and I expect the Senate to do a thorough job in their vetting, but as multiple of the senators have said, it is my experience and qualifications that they are going to be judging me on and that’s what I think the citizens of this state expect.”

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Capitol All-Stars Team Selection 2015

VIDEO: Capitol All-Stars Team Selection 2015

On Tuesday, a lottery selection for the Capitol All-Stars charity softball game took place in the Capitol Media Center. The game will take place on Monday, September 28th at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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