Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

By a 48-0 vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Estelle Richman for a spot on the School Reform Commission, the state-created oversight body for the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Richman was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf in October 2016 after two commissioners from the five-member board stepped down. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Following the recent release of a Grand Jury report by Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlining the negligent and potentially illegal activity of former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed and other city and county government actors concerning the city’s incinerator, lawmakers at the state Capitol are hoping the event will act as a catalyst for bipartisan, bicameral legislation to make it across the legislative finish line.

 

Reintroducing, amending, and developing new proposals, a small group of House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday said some actions by municipalities and related authorities could put the taxpayers on the hook for bad financial decisions, illegal activity, or negligent actions; things that the package of bills being introduced are designed to prevent.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

The most predominant visual reminder for lawmakers and staff of hunger issues facing Pennsylvanians, the Capitol Hunger Garden—located between the Capitol’s Ryan Office Building and the House side of the Main Capitol—was opened Wednesday morning with an initial planting conducted by legislative leaders and anti-hunger advocates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

Just weeks after sending five bills to the Senate that would work to divest the Commonwealth of its wholesale and retail wine and spirits business, the House Liquor Control Committee on Tuesday moved legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits.

 

The bill—House Bill 1033 introduced by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler)—would allow beer distributors to sell unlimited quantities of wine and spirits after applying and paying a $5,000 fee for a state-mandated permit. Renewal of the permit will be based off of two percent of the establishment’s annual cost of purchasing wine and/or spirits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Ralliers seek to “slay the gerrymander” by creating a citizens commission for redistricting

Fair Districts PA—a self-proclaimed non-partisan coalition of citizens and advocacy organizations seeking the end of gerrymandered legislative districts—held a rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday in support of two pieces of legislation that would create a citizens commission to draw state and federal legislative districts in the next redistricting process following the 2020 census.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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