Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

The House Education Committee Monday unanimously approved House Bill 2381, legislation introduced by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would provide graduation requirement flexibility to students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) and eliminate the statutory requirement of the development of seven additional Keystone Exams.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

A budget and pension discussion-packed podcast awaits you! Hear budget updates from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Appropriations Chairmen Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny). 

We get into the pension bill that passed the House this week, getting Senate reaction from Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), and Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna). Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who sponsored the proposal, provides a defense of his plan.

The crew also talks about the legalization and regulation of daily fantasy sports betting, hearing from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and House Gaming Oversight Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin). 

The podcast then turns to a talk on statute of limitations reform with comments from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).

We wrap up talking about a hearing creating a centralized agency for administrative hearings and what's new with combatting the opioid addiction epidemic.

All of that in less than 30 minutes!

CLICK HERE to listen to the latest episode.

Friday, June 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
Reed answers budget and pension questions

Reed answers budget and pension questions

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and other members of House Republican leadership joined press this afternoon to answer questions regarding issues such as pension reform and the state budget. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Amount of risk-shift to play key role in Senate review of compromise House pension reform proposal

Amount of risk-shift to play key role in Senate review of compromise House pension reform proposal

Monday afternoon, the House once again displayed its bipartisan chops in advancing an amendment by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) to Senate Bill 1071 with a 150-41 vote.

The proposal provides for a so-called “stacked hybrid” pension plan that would significantly reform state and public school pension plans by shifting to a defined contribution model for those earning $50,000 per year or more, but maintaining the current defined benefit model for those earning less than $50,000 per year

Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Proposals would split retirement commission’s functions between IFO, Office of Auditor General

Proposals would split retirement commission’s functions between IFO, Office of Auditor General

Two identical proposals—one offered in the Senate and one offered in the House—would take the functions of the Public Employee Retirement Commission, the independent legislative agency tasked with reviewing pension legislation and determining state aid for municipal pension plans, and split them between the Independent Fiscal Office and Office of Auditor General.

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday afternoon unanimously moved along the Senate version of the legislation, Senate Bill 1227, sponsored jointly by Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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