Legislators seek to restore rural-area funding vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Legislators seek to restore rural-area funding vetoed by Gov. Wolf

As the effects of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse continue to be felt, legislators representing rural Pennsylvania are starting to introduce legislation to restore lines of funding vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf that were part of the $30.2 billion budget sent to him in December.

Monday, February 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senator questions Acting PSP commissioner’s law enforcement certification

Senator questions Acting PSP commissioner’s law enforcement certification

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) sent a letter to Acting State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown Wednesday asking him to verify his training and certification related to the ability to carry a firearm and exercise law enforcement powers in Pennsylvania.

According to Sen. Baker, after meeting with Col. Brown as part of the confirmation process, it was left with her unclear as to whether or not he met the standards for service recognized by the Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOETC).

“I think if you’re using arrest powers, it’s an important question we need to clarify,” she told The PLS Reporter about why she sent the letter.

Thursday, April 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Internet gaming was just a few of the ideas brought up by senators Thursday as the chamber started the final day of its first week of budget hearings with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

This has not been the first time expanding gaming into an online market has been floated in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Thursday, March 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Increased municipal law enforcement role concerning for State Police

Increased municipal law enforcement role concerning for State Police

A long running concern among those in law enforcement and municipal policing circles was reintroduced at Wednesday’s Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police when they were asked how they are suited to take on additional municipal policing duties for localities choosing to give up local law enforcement.

The Pennsylvania State Police acts as law enforcement of last resort for all of Pennsylvania.

“Twenty-five small agencies dissolved last year requiring the State Police to take on those responsibilities,” said Acting State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would decrease access to justice

Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would decrease access to justice

Calling the budget proposal for the Judicial branch “flat-lined,” Justice Michael Eakin said the currently proposed level funding of the Judicial branch in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal would put the court $30 million in the hole.

“If we do nothing, we can’t meet our budget because of increases beyond our control,” he said. “This year, specifically, the two major drivers that put us in trouble are the pension contribution increase requested of us at about $11 million and medical benefits, which best estimates are another $10 million.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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