Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

The Senate approved the $33.99 billion General Appropriations bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf and paving the way for the completion of an on-time budget—often times a rarity in Harrisburg.

Eight Democrats voted against the spending plan, citing reasons ranging from defunding General Assistance, to funding cuts for conservation programs. Republicans cheered its investment in workforce development programs and its healthy deposit in the Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Sen. Maria Collett

Freshman Focus: Sen. Maria Collett

Meet Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery). She decided to run because she wanted to be a fresh voice and bring her district's concerns to Harrisburg. 

Find out more about her in The PLS Reporter's series Freshman Focus. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve the latest run at creating an independent redistricting commission, despite acknowledgements from the bill’s authors that it would require alteration before going before the full body.

Spearheaded by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), the proposal would create a constitutional amendment empowering an 11-person commission to draw the state’s Congressional and General Assembly maps.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Legislators bring up #MeToo legislation once again

Legislators bring up #MeToo legislation once again

Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-Delaware) joined Senators Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) and Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) as well as Pennsylvania Victim Advocate, Jennifer Storm, to discuss new legislation that would create the #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act.

Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

On Wednesday afternoon a group of legislators, nurses and others joined to support safe staffing levels for nurses in hospitals. 

New legislation House Bill 867 and Senate Bill 450 were introduced by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and  Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) that would call attention to the patient care crisis that is occurring due to hospitals being short staffed. 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) joined along with other legislators to speak out on the importance of the measures. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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