Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

In an event as bipartisan as they come, House and Senate leaders gathered in the Rotunda Wednesday for the yearly Capitol All Stars Bat Grab, which allows winning captains to select two players of their choice for the annual Capitol All Stars Game in September.


Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), captains of the Youse team, selected Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), after Scarnati won the bat grab competition against Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

House Republicans aren’t closing the door on including components of their tax-free alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” plan in this year’s budget. 

As lawmakers reported two bills from the House GOP’s “Energize PA” package out of committee on Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said it’s possible that the package — which seeks to incentivize Pennsylvania’s energy sector by providing tax credits and additional grant opportunities for private businesses  — could be included in the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Computer viruses, slow solutions continue to hamstring First Judicial District

Computer viruses, slow solutions continue to hamstring First Judicial District

The wheels of justice have ground to a near-halt in Pennsylvania’s largest judicial system. A computer virus found before Memorial Day in the computer system of the First Judicial District, which oversees the criminal and civil courts in Philadelphia, has led to widespread shutdowns, inaccessible services, and aggravated citizens 
 
The virus turned up May 21 in a computer used by the First Judicial District. While the virus has been contained, it led to shutdowns affecting docket searches, electronic filing, landlord-tenant disputes, and other areas. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

A top budget negotiator has said a raise to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage “is not on the table” for budget negotiations, though Gov. Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his desire to avoid kicking the topic to the fall. 

Remarks by House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) to The PLS Reporter Monday echo similar statements from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) to Capitolwire last week, signaling a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal could be put on hold. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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