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Gift ban legislation to get second chance as Wolf pushes own ethics reform

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has already asked his transition team to sign a code of conduct prohibiting members from accepting gifts, and he plans to implement a similar ban for the executive branch when he takes office … Read the rest

PA’s patchwork budget contributes to projected $1.85B shortfall

November 14, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Treasurer Rob McCord says Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration again dipped into a line of credit to boost a flagging general fund.

“We see a deteriorating financial scenario that casts serious doubt on … Read the rest

State Senate GOP ousts Pileggi as majority leader, taps Corman

November 13, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Scott Wagner’s prognostication from last week has come true: The Pennsylvania state Senate has a new majority leader.

State Sen. Jake Corman, the Republican chairman of the Appropriations … Read the rest

State Senate heading for leadership showdown

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The long-awaited state Senate showdown has arrived.

Pennsylvania legislators will return to Harrisburg on Wednesday for leadership elections, with a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester, as the … Read the rest

Brand-new PA House member faces AG investigation

November 10, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org

PITTSBURGH — Jason Ortitay cruised to an easy victory last Tuesday, winning his new place in Pennsylvania’s 46th House District by a margin of 12 percent. But that may not be the end of the story … Read the rest

Money from afar fueling state Senate race crucial for party control

November 3, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org

PITTSBURGH — Even in a relatively rural district in southwestern Pennsylvania, it’s distant money that is fueling the campaign in Senate District 32.

The outside interest isn’t a surprise, considering it’s one of the few districts … Read the rest

In race for 26th state Senate District, tying GOP candidate to Corbett not so easy for Dems

October 31, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Across the country, Republicans have tried to tie Democratic candidates to President Obama, hoping to tap into a conservative electorate frustrated with his policies.

In Pennsylvania, Democrats have their own toxic chief executive to use … Read the rest

New state Senate seat key in battle for control of chamber

October 29, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The newly created 40th state Senate District in Monroe and Northampton counties might not have an official incumbent, but Pennsylvania state Rep. Mario Scavello might be as close as it gets.

The veteran Republican … Read the rest

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

Drug-monitoring program a prescription for privacy loss, ACLU argues

October 14, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Law enforcement is about to get a good look inside Pennsylvanians’ medicine cabinets.

State lawmakers are on the verge of establishing an expanded prescription monitoring program that would allow law enforcement to obtain sensitive … Read the rest

Union reformer calls proposed open-records change ‘taxpayer-funded stupidity’

October 10, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Under Pennsylvania’s open-records law, residents have the right to know how their government operates.

Now, a proposed overhaul to the law would give government employees the right to notification — at least when somebody requests … 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

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

PA Senate approves Medical marijuana; future in House uncertain

September 29, 2014 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Pennsylvania is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana, but time is running short for the legislation this year.

The state Senate approved a medical marijuana bill in a 43-7 vote on Wednesday, … Read the rest

Hello, goodbye: State House returns, starts farewells with plenty of work left

September 29, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.

No, it’s not the Sound of Music. It’s the sound of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the fall session.

Departing state representatives have already begun to bid … 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