Capitol Quick Hits for 12.8.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today:

  • The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF) held a press conference today in the Main Rotunda to call for increased education funding in the state budget. Joan Benso, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said Pennsylvania has the largest funding gap between rich and poor school districts and described the current system as unreliable and unpredictable.
  • Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) were joined by NFL quarterback Mike Vick for a press conference today calling for action on HB 1516.  Rep. Wheatley explained that the legislation, also known as the Hot Dog bill, would prohibit the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle in a manner that would endanger the health and well-being of the animal. 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Corman on pensions: "It needs to get done and it needs to get done now"

VIDEO: Corman on pensions: "It needs to get done and it needs to get done now"

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) gives the latest on budget talks after today's Republican Caucus meeting. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Kane removal hearing procedure resolution introduced

Kane removal hearing procedure resolution introduced

The resolution outlining the process for the hearing required under Article 6, section 7 removal proceeding by the Senate was filed Monday evening.

According to the resolution, if adopted, it requires the hearing will be held January 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building before the Special Committee on Senate Address.

Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators to lobby House members for budget framework agreement

Senators to lobby House members for budget framework agreement

With the Senate having sent a budget bill to the House comprising of an agreement that the governor will sign, some in Senate leadership told The PLS Reporter Monday that they will be engaging House colleagues to try to persuade them to support the budget framework.

“We’d certainly be disappointed if the House doesn’t take up the GA bill and pension proposal,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “We all stood together, all five parties stood together and said we have a budget framework. We’re honoring that structural budget framework and our hope is that the House will do the same.”

He said he is going to openly encourage House colleagues to support the framework, including the budget bill, pension bill, and “other bills to come.”

Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Dueling budget bills now moving through the General Assembly

Dueling budget bills now moving through the General Assembly

Adding fresh fuel to Pennsylvania’s 160-day budget impasse, the Senate Monday sent the House a $30.8 billion budget that reflects the budget framework agreement all sides seemed to be moving to just a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee moved along a $30.2 billion spending plan that was said to reflect “the art of the possible” in that chamber.

Starting in the Senate, Senate Bill 1073 passed with relatively little debate by a 43-7 vote.

The bill was acknowledged on both sides as being an imperfect compromise.

Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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