Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Concerns about the disclosure of confidential information could be a hiccup to the progression of a key piece of pipeline safety legislation, although the bill’s co-sponsors remain optimistic a deal can be reached.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) and Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) are proposing the creation of a pipeline safety board, which would be charged with collecting and disseminating information related to planning, siting and construction of pipelines so as better to inform the public of potential safety risks and better coordinate state agency response.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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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Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

After weeks of speculation, lawmakers formerly unveiled Monday a proposal to devote millions of dollars to boosting the state’s nuclear power plants, but the measure is likely to prompt heated debate over what critics consider to be a bailout of the nuclear energy industry.

The plan, touted by Rep. Thomas Mahaffie (R-Dauphin) and other nuclear advocates, say their plan would add nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio, putting it on the same level as wind or solar energy. They argue it is necessary to save upwards of 16,000 jobs, as well as help the state achieve its clean energy and economic goals. 

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Quinn hopes new bills would cut down on violence kids portray due to video games

Quinn hopes new bills would cut down on violence kids portray due to video games

Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) spoke with The PLS Reporter about his bills, HB 108 and 109, which would put a 10 percent sales tax on violent video games. The money raised from the tax would be intended for funding school safety enhancements. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Many lawmakers and conservationists breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it would halt permit review on the controversial Mariner East pipeline.

But not Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester).

“On the heels of that announcement, I’m watching bulldozers roll into my neighborhood right now,” Friel Otten said. “As I drive through my community, they are ramping up to get started on construction throughout Chester County again.”
Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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