Vote for the BEST OF in the Capitol!

Pennsylvania Legislative Services (PLS) is proud to announce a new election tradition for Harrisburg!

 

Cast your vote for the "Best of" in the Pennsylvania Capitol. From "Best hair" and "Best debater" to the "Best staffer to work with" now is the time to vote for your favorites.

 

PLS will have a table in the Capitol on Tuesday where you can cast your votes in person. You can also vote on our online poll, which becomes available on Monday.

 

Unlike other elections you are encouraged to vote early and vote often!

 

VOTING ENDS ON OCTOBER 6!!  

 

So get your campaigns together, solicit the support of your colleagues, and start voting today!

 

Those voted “Best of” will receive a commemorative award AND have bragging rights for an entire year!

 

Winners will be announced in a special edition of The PLS Eye Opener on October 26.

Friday, September 23, 2016/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Wolf signs bill increasing base active duty pay for state National Guard

Wolf signs bill increasing base active duty pay for state National Guard

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation to increase the minimum base active duty pay for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. 

HB 602 raises the minimum base pay from $75 to $100 per day when the governor activates any part of the Pennsylvania National Guard for state active duty to respond to disasters and emergencies.

According to a press release by the governor, the increase to a base minimum pay of $100 a day will make the pay scale more equitable to the pay scale of today, and is yet another way to compensate our National Guard personnel for this selfless sacrifices to both Commonwealth and country in time of disaster or emergency.  

The minimum base pay figure was last increased in 1996 from $45 to $75 per day. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.17.16

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Legislators and advocates of the PA Sickle Cell Providers Network met at the Capitol today to rally for additional funding for this disease. Representatives Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) and Steve Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) were in attendance.
  • This afternoon supporters of the Keystone State Games (KSG), along with the Department of Health (DOH), gathered in the East Wing Rotunda to host a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and to discuss the importance of physical activity throughout life.
  • Nearly 350 providers on in-home care to seniors, adults with disabilities and children with complex medical conditions converged in the Main Rotunda to call for equal funding. Wearing large, gold keys around their necks to symbolize opening the door to care at home, providers and legislators discussed how important it is for all Pennsylvanians to have the right to choose in-home care.
  • The Pennsylvania Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (PA-HOPE) Caucus held its first meeting today. Co-Chairman Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) emphasized that opioid and heroin abuse is at crisis levels in the state. “A lot of times everyone is trying to address it from silos individually but there’s no magic wand that’s out there it’s a host of things we have to address and I don’t want to assume we have all the answers.”
  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to release its 2015-16 Annual Report: Loans that Change Lives.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.4.16

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Humane Society met for an advocacy day in Harrisburg and to announce that Rep. Kevin Schreiber (D-York) has been selected as their legislator of the year. The State Director of the Humane Society said Rep. Schreiber is responsible for introducing and cosponsoring legislation related to establishing an animal  cruelty prevention month (HR 92), a puppy mill bill (HB 492) and a bill to keep animals out of hot cars (HB 1516).
  • Volunteers with the American Heart Association converged in the Main Capitol Rotunda to advocate for legislation to give life-saving CPR skills to every high school graduate. Two high school students who have taken the issue to heart and trained students in their own schools gave testimony during the ceremony.
  • The Pennsylvania Psychological Association held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda to offer strategies for individuals to overcome interpersonal violence.

Monday, April 4, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 3.23.16

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.23.16

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne) was joined by Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia) and advocates to emphasize the importance of colon cancer screening and awareness. Rep. Boback announced HR 760 which designates March 31, 2016, as C.A.S.U.A.L. Day in Pennsylvania. C.A.S.U.A.L stands for colon cancer awareness saves unlimited adult lives, she explained, noting that it was developed by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.
  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to sign the budget. Hannah Barrick, Director of Advocacy for PASBO, said the organization was joined by more than 20 school districts across Pennsylvania to call for an immediate resolution to the 2015-16 budget.
  • The Department of Health hosted an event this morning to support and promote the appropriate use of antibiotics by launching the fourth-annual Get Smart Competition for Young Artists and Writers.
  • Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today unveiled a legislative package aimed at addressing heightened concerns in the commonwealth following revelations of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. Sen. Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia) said Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation in lead levels among children according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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