Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

The Senate Finance and Aging & Youth Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss the solvency and future of the Pennsylvania lottery fund and the millions of older residents that it supports. 

Although the state Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds per year for the past five fiscal years, Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, said current sales are $123 million, or 3.9 percent, behind the same point last fiscal year. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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The Capitol saw multiple press conferences Tuesday

The Capitol saw multiple press conferences Tuesday

The Capitol was filled with press conferences Tuesday starting with Rep. Brian Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) announcing legislation to represent patients' wishes for end-of-life care.

Later students and teachers from colleges around the state joined to ask for support for their school system.

In the main Rotunda there was a Tax rally. 

On the main Capitol steps legislators and advocates joined for a "Right for Reproductive Rights" rally. 

Lastly, Gov. Wolf was joined by lawmakers to introduce a package of proposed legislation that would expand "It's on us PA" to help with working towards ending sexual assault in the commonwealth.

Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Americans for Prosperity PA Tax Freedom Day Rally
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

For the last several sessions, lawmakers in Pennsylvania have tried—but failed—to enact comprehensive reforms to the commonwealth’s charter school system.

 

Tuesday, that Sisyphean effort was restarted with the House Education Committee approving House Bill 97, vehicle legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) that he said was akin to legislation that nearly got across the finish line last session in the form of House Bill 530.

 

According to Rep. Reese—the House member whose name has been attached to charter school reform the last two legislative sessions—the bill is aimed at leveling the playing field between charter schools (both brick and mortar and cyber) and traditional public schools.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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