Gov. Wolf issues statewide disaster declaration for the opioid crisis

Gov. Wolf issues statewide disaster declaration for the opioid crisis

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday he is issuing a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid crisis.

 

The declaration puts into action a 90 day state constitutionally-limited period where additional state resources can be coordinated and regulations waived en masse in order to jump start an offense against the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

In a move some were hoping would keep the issue from additional floor debate for some time, a motion in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday attempted, but ultimately failed, to send a highly contentious natural gas severance tax bill back to committee.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill

Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill

After nearly two full days of pre-Thanksgiving debate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered 23 of the nearly 400 amendments filed to House Bill 1401, legislation that would implement a volumetric natural gas tax in Pennsylvania.

 

With the House not returning to voting session until December 4, here is a look at the amendments approved by the House during the still ongoing second consideration process last week.

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA House works through some natural gas tax amendments

PA House works through some natural gas tax amendments

In its first day back since wrapping up the state budget process at the end of October, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday started what is likely to be the General Assembly’s next major lift: the passage of a natural gas severance tax bill.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Talked about more this budget cycle than in recent memory, a tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas extracts has been a divisive issue for many different camps in the state’s General Assembly.

 

While a number of proposals have been seen as the lead concept that would apply revenue from a severance tax on a more universal statewide basis than under the current impact fee, no stand-alone proposal has progressed as far as Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s (R-Bucks) House Bill 1401.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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