General Assembly to retain oversight of federal carbon emissions standards compliance proposals

A bill allowing for the General Assembly’s review of Pennsylvania’s response to new federal carbon emissions standards moved one step closer to final passage Monday.

House Bill 2354 would allow the General Assembly to review the Department of Environmental Protection’s implementation plan of new federal Environmental Protection Agency carbon emissions standards before the plan is submitted for approval.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform’s last gasp?

Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), the main author of the oft-discussed hybrid pension reform plan, told The PLS Reporter Monday that he hopes ongoing discussions this week will lead to a vote on his pension reform plan by the end of session.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

House medical marijuana gambit may be up in smoke

Friday, Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) announced his intention to offer an amendment to a bill during Tuesday’s voting session that would provide for the legalization for medical marijuana. His proposal is identical to a proposal that recently passed the Senate.

As the situation developed Monday, it appears the attempt to offer the amendment might be up in smoke.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Property taxes are disliked, but are not high, report says

A report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Centers concludes that while property taxes are disliked, they are not high.

The report entitled Reform Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools, examined property taxes  in all 500 Pennsylvania school districts and concluded the number of districts where property taxes are high—defined as more than four percent of taxable income—is relatively low, requiring a targeted, not sweeping approach.

Thursday, October 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Prescription drug monitoring legislation leaves long road behind it

Bills allowing for the monitoring of prescription drugs by pharmacists and physicians have been floating around the General Assembly for more than a year, but the effort to bring them to what will be a likely conclusion this session has lasted well over a decade.

The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 1180 introduced by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), was moved out of the House Health Committee last week after months of legislative wrangling over competing versions of the legislation in either chamber.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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