General Assembly starts 2018 with fewer faces and minor shakeups as lawmakers seek to focus on non-budgetary priorities

General Assembly starts 2018 with fewer faces and minor shakeups as lawmakers seek to focus on non-budgetary priorities

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly returned to Harrisburg Tuesday to fulfill its Article II, section 4 state constitutional obligation to meet annually at noon on the first Tuesday in January, it did so with fewer faces, one new face, and a call to move beyond the fiscal debates that have weighed down policy progress in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republicans to prioritize welfare reform in 2018

House Republicans to prioritize welfare reform in 2018

House Republicans stood at a baker’s dozen Tuesday in support of a package of what will be 20 pieces of legislation that seek to implement welfare reforms, an agenda being pushed by the House’s majority caucus in 2018.

The effort, spearheaded by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) and Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), is said to be one of the many ways House Republicans are trying to tackle fiscal issues facing the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Commonwealth Court makes redistricting case recommendations to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Commonwealth Court makes redistricting case recommendations to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Judge Kevin Brobson of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court issued his findings of fact and conclusions of law in the League of Women Voters case where several groups challenged Pennsylvania’s Congressional Districts as unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

Monday, January 1, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers

Senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) are teaming up together on a measure currently moving through the state Senate that would incentivize high school-aged Pennsylvanians to join volunteer firefighting companies.

Thursday, December 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Sen. Bob Mensch’s (R-Montgomery) Senate Resolution 237, which would encourage county and local government and emergency services agencies to work with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Public Safety Radio to create interoperability for the latest iteration of the Statewide Radio Network (STARnet), recently was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 

It is the latest move in an effort to solve the decades-long process of creating a statewide public safety radio network.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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