VIDEO: Attorney General report of Sandusky investigation finds no political influence for delays

VIDEO: Attorney General report of Sandusky investigation finds no political influence for delays

Attorney General Kathleen Kane discusses her report of the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation. 

Monday, June 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Experts: Content not timing of budget matters in the fall

The ability of Gov. Tom Corbett to provide additional spending to key areas like education, human services, and senior programs will have greater election implications for the governor than whether the budget is one time, political experts say.

“The voters of the state do not care about budget deadlines,” said Dr. Terry Madonna, a political analyst from Franklin and Marshall University in Lancaster. “They only care if services get cut.”

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Friday, June 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Your third week of June budget recap

The third week of June ended much like the second week of June, with no movement of an actual FY 2014-2015 state spending plan.

However, the House is planning on considering budget amendments on Monday with a possible comprehensive budget amendment to come later in the week.

“We are moving to move the bill to the floor on Monday for second [consideration] and then back into the committee. I have full intention of amending that vehicle for a floor vote,” said Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

While it is not known at the current time whether the comprehensive spending plan will be offered during Monday’s floor session, the budget clock is ticking toward the June 30 budget deadline.

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Friday, June 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.19.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.19.14

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

  • Rep. Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery) held a press conference with PennEnvironment today to release a report on toxic substances in the Susquehanna River. Adam Garber, Field Director for PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, discussed the release of the report titled Wasting Our Waters, calling it “a new report which shows that polluting facilities dumped 10,470,231 pounds of toxic chemicals into Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams in 2012, making our state 7th worst in the nation for direct toxic discharges to our waterways.” 

Thursday, June 19, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Medical marijuana vote coming in final week of June

According to the committee chairman and the prime sponsor of the bill, a Senate proposal to allow for a medicinal marijuana extract will likely be brought up for a vote in the final week of June.

“I’m going to try to schedule a vote on that next week,” Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks) told The PLS Reporter. He chairs the Senate Law and Justice Committee, where the bill currently sits awaiting action.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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