Bill aimed at opening up private land for more recreational use clears committee

Bill aimed at opening up private land for more recreational use clears committee

For three consecutive legislative sessions, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) has been fighting an uphill battle for his House Bill 544 and Tuesday that effort was reignited with the legislation clearing the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee along a party-line vote.

 

The bill is aimed at increasing recreational activities on private land by expanding the current Recreational Use of Land and Water Act—a law limiting liability for private landowners who open up their land to certain recreational uses free of charge—by covering improvements on the land and opening up the land, according to the legislation’s cosponsorship memo, "all recreational activities undertaken for exercise, education and pleasure, including snowmobiling and ATV and motorcycle riding."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

As pension reform legislation is likely to wind up shortly in the legislative rearview mirror, all eyes will soon be turning into work on a state budget, which now only has 24 days remaining until the next fiscal year begins and a budget is set to be in place.

 

On Monday, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) and Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) for an update on where things stand.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1—the major pension reform bill making its way through the General Assembly—easily cleared the Senate by a vote of 40-9 Monday afternoon. Within only a few short hours, the legislation was quickly taken up by the House State Government Committee where it advanced to full House along bipartisan lines.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

A House bill that cleared that chamber in late April cleared the Senate Finance Committee Monday morning along a party-line vote.

 

The bill, House Bill 1071, has been introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), and is targeted toward municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees on recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments and could potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sunday’s Senate action starts week-long push to get pension reform to governor

Sunday’s Senate action starts week-long push to get pension reform to governor

Holding a rare session day Sunday, the Pennsylvania Senate started what is looking like a week-long, legislature-wide push to get a pension reform bill to the governor’s desk.

 

The legislation, Senate Bill 1, was considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee Sunday night and was sent to the Senate Floor by an 18 to eight vote. The bill is expected to be on final passage in the Senate on Monday.

Sunday, June 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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