Online sports betting now available in PA

Online sports betting now available in PA

Sports betting has become a hot topic in legislations nationwide since the Supreme Court opened the floodgates with their decision last May to allow expansion. While Pennsylvania has offered wagers at casinos and other locations statewide since last fall, the launch of online betting through PlaySugarHouse.com means a new, more popular option for players comes to the Keystone State.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Legislators discuss legislation that would automate expungements

Legislators discuss legislation that would automate expungements

Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) led a press conference Wednesday morning where she was joined by Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer) and others to talk about legislation that would expunge a criminal record when a person has been fully acquitted of a charge or a pardon has been granted. 

McClinton and Nesbit have authored House Bill 440, while Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) has introduced its companion bill in the Senate. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

Lawmakers from both parties voted Tuesday to approve bills designed to crack down on construction firms using unauthorized workers, including one that would require all of those companies to use the federal E-Verify database.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted to approve both measures, with the more controversial of the two authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh). That proposal would require construction firms to use E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s I-9 form against information provided to federal agencies. Those that do not could stand to use their state-issued license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Sen. Hughes proposes funding school repairs with surplus

Sen. Hughes proposes funding school repairs with surplus

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) plans to introduce two bills for repairs at “toxic schools” statewide.

His idea is to offer districts a share of $125 million to improve buildings, either through existing, unused funds or with a portion of the state’s existing surplus. Currently the state has over $800 million in surplus heading into the budget negotiations.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

First adopted in 1937, the Pennsylvania Election Code requires polling locations to be illuminated with a lantern — or a proper substitute — to make sure voters are able to read ballot labels. State lawmakers point to that provision as a prime example of why the state needs to update its election code.

 

Fortunately, there is no shortage of proposals. The House State Government Committee reviewed close to 30 bills on Tuesday, and committee chairman Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said he sees a path forward for a bipartisan, omnibus election reform bill.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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