Stop-gap budget chugs along in House

Stop-gap budget chugs along in House

With its ultimate fate already widely known, a temporary funding measure continued to move through the General Assembly Monday as it passed along party lines out of the House Appropriations Committee.

There, familiar arguments met the spending bill and related legislation that tore through the Senate last week.

House Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) said during Monday’s committee meeting that the passage of the legislation would take away the pressure currently facing legislators to get a budget done, which is being brought by public schools and social service agencies who are lacking critical state funding.

“It buys us a little bit of time, but it really doesn’t solve the budget problem,” he said. “What we are doing here today is essentially using precious time…to go through an exercise that is essentially meaningless.”

Monday, September 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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With law license suspended, Kane vows to release more emails

With law license suspended, Kane vows to release more emails

The saga surrounding Attorney General Kathleen Kane continued to unfold Monday as the Supreme Court issued an order temporarily suspending her law license.

The temporary suspension comes after months of speculation surrounding what the Supreme Court would do, if anything, with regard to Kane’s law license after she was charged with a number of crimes in August.

While the temporary suspension is effective Monday, the order goes on to state that the order by itself does nothing to remove Kane from office.

Kane’s office initially responded to the suspension by saying it will be reviewing the order.

Later, however, she responded that she is grateful the order recognizes her ability to remain in office.

Monday, September 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.21.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.21.15

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

Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) was joined by the Fraternal Order of Police in the Main Rotunda to introduce her legislation to protect the identity of police officers during shooting investigations. 

Senators John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) held a Capitol Hill news conference this morning to announce their plans to introduce legislation increasing the penalty for a home invasion burglary.

Parents and community leaders of the Chester Upland School District held a rally in the East Wing Rotunda and met with state lawmakers in the hope of resolving the district’s fiscal problems and ensuring students can continue to learn in its public schools. 

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) was joined by survivors and advocates for statute of limitations reform in cases of child sexual abuse to support HB 661, which would raise the age of an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim from 30 to 50 and permit previously time-barred victims to bring suit, as well as other similar bills.  

Monday, September 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: An interview with Rep. Ed Neilson

VIDEO: An interview with Rep. Ed Neilson

The PLS Reporter sat down with Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Philadelphia) about his re-election to the state House of Representatives, his legislative goals, and what he likes to do when he can find some time for himself. 

Monday, September 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Senate Republicans continue questioning governor’s liquor, pension proposals

Two days after Gov. Tom Wolf proposed making changes to Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor system and public pension systems, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said his caucus is still reviewing the proposal and coming up with more questions.

“The trickiest part right now is getting a handle on what the liquor proposal is,” he said Friday, noting his caucus only received in writing the same information given to the press by the administration. “Particularly in liquor, that’s really, really open-ended.”

He said while the proposal could be good, it could also be disguised as something else.

“Before we can make any kind of assessment on whether it’s acceptable or not, we probably have to get more questions answered,” he added. “So we are putting together some questions [for the administration], so that hopefully they can clarify for us."

Friday, September 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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