Keeping up with the Neighbors

A new police task force in OH, greyhound racing under fire in WV, and tiny houses in NJ

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich announced a new police task force following the shooting of a 12 year-old in Cleveland, in West Virginia the greyhound racing industry faces renewed threats from animal welfare groups and legislators, and in New Jersey a bill is under debate that would establish a pilot program for tiny houses. 

Monday, December 8, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Success of financially distressed municipalities may depend on additional reform

With the new legislative session quickly approaching it is easy to overlook what was accomplished during the 2013-14 legislative session, even if the paramount legislative issues remain on the legislature’s agenda.

One of the most notable pieces of legislation gained momentum in 2011 and passed in the closing days of the 2013-2014 session, when Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1773, also known as Act 199, which amends the Financially Distressed Municipalities Act of 1987, also known as Act 47. 

Monday, December 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Act 47

Will committee assignments come early this year?

Though the 2013-2014 legislative session came to a close in just the last few days, the process of forming next session’s legislative committees has already begun in both chambers.

Speaking to sources in both chambers, The PLS Reporter gives you an insider’s view of how committees are formed in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Friday, December 5, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf discusses the first meeting of his steering committee, plans for his transition team

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s Steering Committee had its first meeting Thursday, after which he and Chairman John Fry conducted a conference call to discuss how the Wolf team is preparing for the transition on January 20.

Thursday, December 4, 2014/Author: Josh Levy
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General: York City School District audit impeded by state receivership petition

Auditor General: York City School District audit impeded by state receivership petition

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday took to the Capitol newsroom to express his frustration that his matter-of-course audit of the York City School District has to be halted due to the state’s request for the district to be put in receivership.

“One thing that I would say is odd, is that I have found the Department of Education is not efficient about anything,” DePasquale told reporters at Thursday morning’s briefing. “Yet, they seem to be efficient about this, that’s what I find odd.”

Thursday, December 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views