After Las Vegas mass shooting, PA lawmakers look to ban “bump stocks”

After Las Vegas mass shooting, PA lawmakers look to ban “bump stocks”

After the deadliest mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas last week that left 58 dead—including at least one Pennsylvanian—and over 500 injured, Pennsylvania lawmakers have started the process of introducing legislation to ban so-called “bump stocks,” after-market gun modifications that allow semi-automatic rifles to function similarly automatics.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As revenue projections hold, IFO sees continued weakness in sales tax growth

As revenue projections hold, IFO sees continued weakness in sales tax growth

Appearing before the House State Government Committee Wednesday to brief members on their current and legislatively proposed job functions, the Independent Fiscal Office reported that while their current year revenue projections are holding firm, there is continued weakness in sales tax growth that is ultimately adding to undermined General Fund revenue collections.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

The House State Government Committee held the second of its two hearings on solutions for improving oversight and relieving regulatory burdens for oil and gas industries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

This hearing focused on past acts of the Pennsylvania legislature and how they can be used to improve future legislation, and current barriers that the Commonwealth faces in regard to competition on a national level with current regulations.

Much of the hearing focused on environmental regulations as they pertain to the oil and gas industry, which have been a bone of contention with some Republican members are stifling economic development and job creation.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Monday morning to discuss the topic of public higher education and the costs associated with it.

The hearing was designed to learn the impact of funding to the system and how legislators could aid the public higher education system through strategic state policy to increase dollars sent to higher education.

Act 188 of 1992 created the state system’s mission statement by employing the highest quality education at the lowest possible cost, but Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states for per student allocation for public higher education according to Dr. Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University faculties (APSCUF).

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Municipal gun ordinance preemption bills get PA legislative spotlight

Municipal gun ordinance preemption bills get PA legislative spotlight

The Pennsylvania Senate Tuesday afternoon passed by a 34-16 vote a bill that would allow membership organizations such as the NRA to sue municipalities on behalf of aggrieved members over gun ordinances that are already preempted by state law.

 

The House considered amendments to similar legislation that was ultimately unchanged despite several dozen amendments being filed to the proposal.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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