Capitol Quick Hits for 5.5.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.5.15

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

  • Hundreds of nursing center administrators and caregivers from across the state rallied in the Main Rotunda to ask legislators to make the care of the frail, elderly, and disabled a priority in the state budget. Many who participated in the rally held posters with photographs of elderly residents or loved ones who are too frail to have their voices heard in Harrisburg.
  • Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) and other Senate Democrats held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda in support of SB 195- legislation that would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10 by January and automatic cost-of-living adjustment.
  • The Pennsylvania Public Policy Coalition of the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated “Alzheimer’s Association Harrisburg Action Day” to raise awareness and showcase the strength of their community to state lawmakers.
  • Students, parents, educators, program providers, community leaders, policy makers, business and faith-based leaders met in the Capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development.
  • The American Lung Association was joined by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) in the Main Capitol Rotunda to support comprehensive clean indoor air legislation that would remove all exemptions from the current clean indoor air law in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Acting General Services Secretary Curtis Topper is introduced during his confirmation hearing

VIDEO: Acting General Services Secretary Curtis Topper is introduced during his confirmation hearing

Acting Department of General Services Sec. Curtis Topper’s nomination was unanimously recommended to the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee by the Senate State Government Committee.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

According to Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), prime sponsor of the lead property tax reform proposal in the House, his legislation will hopefully be considered by the full House as an amendment to a bill on the House floor sometime next week.

“We have so many moving parts now in trying to get to a compromise with the governor, I think it’s easier to just do it on the floor,” he told The PLS Reporter.

At the end of April, Rep. Saylor’s House Bill 860 was pulled from consideration in the House Finance Committee as the Wolf administration requested more time to work with Rep. Saylor on the bill.

Since that time, Rep. Saylor reported he has met with the Wolf administration a number of times on working toward a compromise proposal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
In Reflection with Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

In Reflection with Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

In this special PLS Reporter series, In Reflection, former Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) shares a philosophy he calls “Strategic Policy Collaboration” that he believes helped him as a legislator.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Mike Brubaker
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Three Wolf nominees sail through confirmation hearings

Three Wolf nominees sail through confirmation hearings

Three of Gov. Tom Wolf’s department head nominees had confirmation hearings Tuesday and all three were unanimously moved along in the process toward their confirmation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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