Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by state and local lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for his “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, a $4.5 billion proposal that would fund a series of “high-impact” projects through revenue generated from a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas. 

Wolf’s plan aspires to tackle a number of projects, including rural broadband internet access, storm preparedness, blight and lead remediation, as well as various infrastructure and transportation-related initiatives. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From abortion to rural broadband, here are five bills to watch for the week of May 6.
Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Natural gas drilling bill up for consideration in House

Natural gas drilling bill up for consideration in House

House lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to cut down on the impact of natural gas drilling by allowing for longer horizontal drilling laterals across multiple units.
 
Sponsored by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion), HB 247 would allow for cross unit drilling, given that drill operators secure valid leases for the land on which they drill. Supporters of the bill say it would create a less disruptive environment, limiting the amount of drills, well pads, access roads and pipelines necessary for the drilling of natural gas.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills

Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills

State Representatives Pam Snyder (D-Greene) and Carl Metzgar (R-Somerset) hope that a series of bills introduced in January will help better protect state corrections officers from inmate violence — and potentially save lives in the process. 

Snyder unveiled three pieces of legislation at the end of January with the goal of protecting corrections officers from violent interactions with inmates. Metzgar also re-introduced a seven-bill package that would place harsher penalties on inmates who assault prison staff.  
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees

State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees

All state correctional institutions are on indefinite lockdown Wednesday as the administration deals with more reports of unknown substances sickening state corrections officers.

During August, 29 staff members have fallen ill in ten of Pennsylvania's prisons after coming into contact with the substances. State Police testing since has only revealed that one case involved synthetic cannabinoids.

“The safety and security of our employees is my number one concern,” Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said in a statement. “Our state prisons, especially those in the western part of the state, have experienced recent incidents in which employees have been sickened and we need to get to the bottom of this issue now.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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