Reed says property tax reform bill coming soon, provides budget update

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) held a late afternoon conference call with reporters to provide a budget update and give insight into the Spring/Summer legislative schedule of the House.

During the call, Rep. Reed told reporters that a bill to bring dollar-for-dollar reductions in school property taxes could be considered by the House in a matter of weeks. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

Continuing their review of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee and House Health Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday on the concept of legalizing medical marijuana.

During the hearing, the committees heard from a number of law enforcement groups including the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association.

While all three remained somewhat skeptical of the concept, none of the law enforcement organizations categorically opposed the legalization of medical marijuana under the condition that the system used to implement and regulate the use of medical marijuana is strict.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) to strengthen the rights of subcontractors over their prime contractors and owners was the subject of a two-hour hearing in front of the House Commerce Committee Tuesday.

According to Rep. Tobash, the bill—House Bill 726—will ensure subcontractors are protected against unscrupulous contractors and owners.

“We’ve got some elements of the law right now that are setting the playing field to really allow misconduct by unscrupulous general contractors and, maybe in some cases, owners,” he told The PLS Reporter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf nominates Timothy Reese for State Treasurer

Gov. Wolf nominates Timothy Reese for State Treasurer

Just over two months after former-State Treasurer Rob McCord announced his resignation amid a federal investigation, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday announced the nomination of Timothy Reese to take over the post.

“Tim is a proven leader with a diverse financial background – as a consultant, an entrepreneur and an investor," Gov. Wolf said in a statement. "His outstanding management experience and fiscal expertise, along with a passion for promoting financial literacy, will help bring stability to the Treasury and refocus the department on its core mission."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana by a 88 to 10 margin.

Not surprisingly, legislators sponsoring proposals to legalize medical marijuana responded positively to the poll’s results.

“You can’t get much higher in a poll than 88 percent,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3, that chamber’s legalization proposal also sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). “These numbers are as close to unanimous as you get in politics.

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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