DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

Beleaguered by lawmakers and activists who vehemently oppose the Mariner East II pipeline in southeastern Pennsylvania, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell received a positive recommendation from the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday, paving the way for reconfirmation in the Senate. 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called for McDonnell’s confirmation hearing to be delayed at the end of April as they questioned the role DEP played in Mariner East’s 350-mile pipeline. The pipeline has been plagued by spills, sinkholes and the destruction of water wells, resulting in multiple criminal investigations, including those by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Chester County District Attorney. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

House Democrats led by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) joined to announce a package of bills that would put more money into supporting safe schools and healthy students. 

The legislators want to be able to stop problems in schools before they happen by building a better team for those working in schools, supporting students in need and also supporting the supporters in schools. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislation that protects in-state tuition for military families passes through committee and heads to the floor

Legislation that protects in-state tuition for military families passes through committee and heads to the floor

Rep. Frank Burns (D-Cambria) sat down with The PLS Reporter to discuss his legislation that would protect in-state tuition for reassigned military families. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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PA Gaming Control Board gets update on Live! Casino in Philadelphia

PA Gaming Control Board gets update on Live! Casino in Philadelphia

With their license up for renewal, the managing partners responsible for Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia met with members of the Gaming Control Board Monday afternoon to update them on the project’s progress. 

 

Issued in 2014, the license is due to renew this year to operate in South Philadelphia near the city’s stadiums. The proposal has faced neighborhood opposition, construction delays, and underwhelming popular support.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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