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Lawmakers grant NRA standing to sue over local gun laws

October 23, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Municipal leaders across Pennsylvania are fretting over legislation that would give the National Rifle Association the power to sue over local gun regulations that reach beyond state law, but the NRA believes it’s their … Read the rest

ACLU vows lawsuit against law targeting offenders’ speech

October 21, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – State lawmakers fast-tracked legislation last week that would give victims the power to seek a civil injunction to silence their offenders if they believe their speech is re-victimizing them.

Now, even … Read the rest

Prescription drug monitoring program on road to becoming law

October 17, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — The desire for public health protections trumped privacy concerns Thursday, as the state Senate sent legislation that would establish a broad prescription monitoring program to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the … Read the rest

Medical marijuana bill unlikely to pass this year; faces House scrutiny, Corbett opposition

October 14, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor, Legislature

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

A Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana as a possible treatment for a variety of ailments probably won’t reach Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk this year.

Republican leaders in the state House plan to scrutinize … Read the rest

As Abu-Jamal’s speech opens old wounds, lawmakers vow to increase victims’ rights

October 7, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Speaking from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal on Sunday delivered the commencement address to about two dozen students at Goddard College, a progressive liberal arts school … Read the rest

Corbett’s DEP chief resigns amid Pornogate allegations

October 2, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Chris Abruzzo, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, resigned Thursday, a week after the attorney general named him one of eight prominent officials who sent or received pornographic emails … Read the rest

Wagner calls for shake-up of state Senate leadership

September 30, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Conservative businessman Scott Wagner already beat the Republican establishment once when he won a write-in campaign for state Senate this past spring.

Now, the brash freshman senator is taking on Republican leadership again.

Wagner, … Read the rest

Corbett says sexually explicit emails ‘unacceptable’

September 26, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Some employees in the Pennsylvania AG’s office weren’t acting PG, as documented in emails showing raunchy behavior.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane shook up the Capitol on Thursday when her office allowed reporters from … Read the rest

Property tax reform hits another roadblock in Pennsylvania

September 24, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Proponents of eliminating school property taxes cheered a win last week, but it might have been a hollow victory.

State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester, recently told a Delaware … Read the rest

‘Simple’ bill would limit spending growth in Pennsylvania

September 23, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett and fellow Republicans in the state Legislature have done their best to slow spending over the past four years, but poll after poll indicates the thrifty governor probably … Read the rest

Turzai wants Corbett to put on ‘full-court press’ for liquor privatization

September 12, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett already spent much of his summer traveling across Pennsylvania to stump for pension reform, but House Majority Leader Mike Turzai wants him to get back on the road … Read the rest

As clock ticks, lawmakers devise plan to revive property tax elimination bill

August 19, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

One year and five months — that’s how long bipartisan legislation that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania has been stuck in the Pennsylvania Senate’s Finance Committee.

“It seems like we’ve been pushing it … Read the rest

Corbett adviser: It’s ‘myth’ PA can block drilling in Loyalsock State Forest

August 5, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

A group of environmentalists and lawmakers gathered Monday to deliver a plea to Gov. Tom Corbett: Do everything in the state’s power to keep natural gas drillers from industrializing about 25,000 acres of … Read the rest

Wolf’s PAC calls on Corbett to fire adviser

July 31, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

First, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the story that Ron Tomalis, a special adviser to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on education matters, makes about $140,000 a year, yet hasn’t created much of a paper trail … Read the rest

PA’s No. 2: $1 billion education cut a ‘damned lie’

July 29, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley must have broken out his thesaurus Monday morning, considering he found several ways to denounce a recent political ad that accuses Republican Gov. Tom Corbett of slashing … Read the rest

Budget blues: Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

July 22, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

That didn’t take long.

Just weeks after Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a patchwork budget and skipped town without addressing pension reform, Moody’s has downgraded Pennsylvania’s general obligation bond rating. It dropped the state fom Aa2 … Read the rest

Even with GOP majority, Pennsylvania can’t push ahead conservative agenda

July 18, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

As Gov. Tom Corbett crisscrosses Pennsylvania to gin up support for public pension reform while lawmakers break for the summer, there’s ample opportunity to explore what has held up legislation that could save the … Read the rest

Corbett signs budget, but Republican rift deepens

July 11, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29 billion state budget on Thursday — 10 days late — but his showdown with the General Assembly over pension reform is far from over.

Corbett used … Read the rest

All eyes on Corbett as budget stalemate drags on

July 9, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Another day has passed, and Pennsylvania is still without a budget.

So far, services haven’t been affected, but the impasse has made for intriguing political theater as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett jousts with the Republican-controlled Legislature … Read the rest

Corbett leaves budget unsigned after lawmakers clash on spending plan

July 1, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett’s holding out.

Corbett delayed signing the $29.1 billion state budget that Republican lawmakers sent to his desk late Monday night, making good on statements that he was willing … Read the rest