Senators demand better agency oversight for pipeline safety

Senators demand better agency oversight for pipeline safety

Lawmakers shared concerns about the lack of regulation for ongoing and future pipeline projects in Pennsylvania during Tuesday’s joint hearing with the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.


“We have to protect our citizens,” Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) said. “Safety is paramount.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Three Wolf administration acting secretaries recommended in committee for Senate floor vote

Three Wolf administration acting secretaries recommended in committee for Senate floor vote

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously advanced three acting secretary nominations Monday.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, and Department of Health Acting Secretary and Physician General Rachel Levine all were sent to the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee with the committee’s favorable recommendation.

Monday, March 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate Committee reignites push to amend emergency codes

Senate Committee reignites push to amend emergency codes

The Senate Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee said Monday it is closer to updating emergency codes for the first time in over 20 years. 


Title 35, the law that explicitly states emergency protocol, has not been updated since 1996.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

On January 10, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf took what many saw as the dramatic step of issuing a statewide disaster declaration over the opioid epidemic currently gripping the commonwealth.

 

Since that time, Pennsylvania’s governmental entities—from the executive and legislative branches, all the way to local governments—are continuing to step up the fight against opioid abuse and overdose deaths.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

In the same session week that saw a House Republican crafted budget proposal make its way to the Senate, legislation has been put into the works that would delay a major portion of the budget plan: the consolidation of four human services-related state agencies.

 

The same day that the budget bill passed the House, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) began circulating a cosponsorship memo for legislation to delay the consolidation of the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Aging, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs until studies conducted by the Joint State Government Commission and the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee can be completed and shared with the legislature.

Friday, April 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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