Reinstatement of state park fracking moratorium draws mixed reviews

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an Executive Order Thursday morning in Philadelphia reinstating a Rendell-era moratorium in natural gas leases in state parks, an order that was ended under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

“Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the economic and environmental viability of our parks and forests,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement. “This is about striking the right balance. Our state parks and forests are unique assets that should be preserved, protected, and utilized by our residents for recreational purposes.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Pileggi resigns chairmanship

A quick announcement was made on the Senate floor Wednesday that Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) had resigned his chairmanship of the Senate Local Government Committee.

The resignation leaves the former Senate Majority Leader without any committee chairmanships. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Minimum royalty bills unanimously move through Senate

With little fanfare and no floor debate, legislation aimed at ensuring natural gas leaseholders receive minimum royalty payments for the gas industry unanimously passed the Senate.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill making advertisement of civil service veterans’ preference a requirement advances

Bill making advertisement of civil service veterans’ preference a requirement advances

Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) is continuing his quest to require the advertisement of the State Civil Service Exam veterans’ preference.

His bill—House Bill 192—would require the director of the State Civil Service Commission to advertise the veterans’ preference on all of the commission’s examination materials, announcements, advertisements, and the commission’s website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

The Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Tuesday declined to honor the recall of all Gov. Tom Corbett’s end-of-term nominees issued by Gov. Tom Wolf and reported all 13 nominations to the floor for Senate approval.

The debate broke down on whether the Senate should honor the new governor’s request, allowing him to set nominees on his own accord, or whether the nominations—rightly made at the tail end of the Corbett administration—should stand.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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