Time now the biggest enemy of bill allowing legislative oversight of carbon emissions standards compliance

An amendment to House Bill 2354, which would allow for legislative oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection’s compliance plan for the EPA’s new carbon emissions standards, might jeopardize the legislation.

Since the amendment was added in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the legislation will have to go back to the House for concurrence.

With only three remaining scheduled session days, only two of which are at this time anticipated to deal with substantive issues, supporters of the bill are worried there will not be enough time to get the bill to the governor’s desk.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Turzai: “I’m open to a lame duck session”; Pileggi: “Our caucus is not interested”

Furthering ongoing speculation that the General Assembly might come back in to session following the November election to vote on substantive legislation, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) Wednesday afternoon said he is open to the idea.

“I’m open to a lame duck session,” he told The PLS Reporter

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Lame duck session days may be used for pension reform

After Tuesday’s House Republican closed-door caucus, which reportedly included a strategizing session related to the passage of pension reform, the prime author of the leading pension reform proposal in the House remained optimistic about the proposal’s passage.

However, according to Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), it is not “unwarranted” to use the tool of adding extra session days—possibly even after the November election—to move his pension reform proposal over the finish line.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Last dance for medical marijuana?

According to House Republican leadership, the last dance for the issue of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is likely destined to be joint committee hearings on Senate Bill 1182, which passed the Senate just two weeks ago, and not consideration of a legalization measure on the House floor.

Steve Miskin, spokesperson for the Speaker and House Majority Leader, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that joint hearings will be held between the House Judiciary and House Health committees, but no specific timeframe for the hearings has been established.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Hunger awareness torch passed as Hunger Garden marks fifth full year

Hunger awareness torch passed as Hunger Garden marks fifth full year

The Capitol Hunger Garden closed for the fifth year at a ceremony Tuesday and the hunger awareness torch was passed between Senate Republicans.

For the past five years, the Hunger Garden and the Hunger Caucus, on the Senate side, has been headed up by Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster), who is leaving the General Assembly at the end of this legislative session.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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