VIDEO: Eichelberger discusses establishment of purely public charities amendment

VIDEO: Eichelberger discusses establishment of purely public charities amendment

After a Thursday morning Senate Finance Committee meeting, Majority Chairman John Eichelberger discussed what he would like to see happen with a constitutional amendment to SB 4. The amendment would clarify that lawmakers - and not courts - have authority to designate so called "purely public charities," nonprofits that generally do not pay real estate taxes.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Despite new session, natural gas minimum royalty bills face same challenges

While the new session brings with it fresh attitudes, two bills that were couched as consumer protection bills for natural gas land landowners that were passed out of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday are likely to face the same issues that caused them to stall last session.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DUI ignition interlock bill seems like all but a done deal

As promised, Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) moved his reintroduced proposal to allow first time DUI offenders to place an ignition interlock device in their cars in lieu of loss of operating privileges, a proposal which moved out of the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously Wednesday.

According to those in the process, the legislation seems like all but a done deal.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 1.21.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 1.21.15

Government officials and first responders gathered at a press conference in the Main Rotunda this afternoon to call on state lawmakers to hold public hearings on legislation that could lower the standard for determining purely public charities. Art Martynuska, President of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, called on lawmakers to reject SB 4, “This proposed [constitutional] amendment would further imperial our communities’ abilities to provide basic services and allow mega profit corporations off the hook for sharing their responsibilities.” 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Freshman Focus: Michele Brooks (R-Mercer)

Freshman Focus: Michele Brooks (R-Mercer)

Meet Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer). Although she's not new to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, find out why this former House member ran for state Senate and what she hopes to accomplish. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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