Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.15

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

  • Sen. Art Haywood was joined by statewide activists, family members of victims and community leaders to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Sen. Haywood also announced a resolution that would make June 2015 Gun Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The senator and activists wore orange to honor the life of Hadiya Pendelton, a young woman who was shot to death in Chicago. Hadiya’s classmates came together to organize the first national Gun Violence Awareness Day this year on what would have been her 18th birthday.
  • A group of Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate announced the formation of a workgroup aimed at dealing with redistricting reform legislation. Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) stated she is pleased to announce this unique, bipartisan and bicameral approach to redistricting reform and said any serious discussion about government reform must begin and end with redistricting.
  • In the Capitol East Wing, The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) presented state Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) with the “Kay Thompson Outstanding Legislator Award” for their efforts in helping to improve access to quality oral health care for the underserved.
  • The PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilition, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania hosted the 2015 Blindness Awareness Expo in the Main Rotunda. The expo included simulations of varying visual impairments, while other vendors and organizations offered hands-on demonstrations with guide dogs, tools, and services that facilitate living with a visual impairment.
  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) released its 2014-15 Annual Report in the Main Capitol Rotunda containing information on how PATF’s financing made it possible for 176 people with disabilities to acquire assistive technology they need.
  • Sen. Randy  Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) hosted a press conference to discuss their legislation, SB 282 and HB 457, intended to promote economic development along Pennsylvania’s waterfront areas. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Cortes, three other Wolf nominees confirmed by Senate

Cortes, three other Wolf nominees confirmed by Senate

Tuesday afternoon the Senate confirmed four of Gov. Tom Wolf’s department head nominations, including Pedro Cortes as Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Among the four nominees considered on Tuesday, Sec. Cortes’s nomination was the only one subject to debate on the Floor.

Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) took the Senate floor to urge members to oppose confirming Sec. Cortes.

“After speaking with him on a number of occasions and asking him questions during the Appropriations hearings, I find his answers to be less than truthful," he said. "I’m very concerned about him being able to have this position for our Commonwealth.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pension reform likely before end of June

Pension reform likely before end of June

The House took its first look at the Senate pension reform bill Tuesday and two House Republicans in charge of making sure the legislation gets passed prognosticated that a major pension reform bill will likely pass within the confines of the budget cycle.

“I think ultimately we’re going to get pension reform done as part of this budget,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Whether that occurs in mid-June, late-June, who knows, that’s yet to be determined.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

House Majority Leader Reed details “serious discussion” with governor during working meeting

Republican leaders met with Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday morning to discuss the budget and related major topics including pension and liquor reform.

The PLS Reporter spoke with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) about how that discussion went following Monday’s unanimous repudiation by the House of Gov. Wolf’s revenue plan.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Costa shows support for Shale tax to fund education

VIDEO: Costa shows support for Shale tax to fund education

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa was joined by democratic leaders and other democratic lawmakers to highlight and push legislation that would create a new $1 billion natural gas extraction tax for education in Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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