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Wolf fires PA open records chief, who vows to stay on the job

January 23, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Erik Arneson is about to become volunteer executive director of the Office of Open Records. He’s refusing to leave the post after new Gov. Tom Wolf fired him Thursday.

Arneson told … Read the rest

PA lawmakers revive efforts to close union stalking loophole

January 22, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal jury convicted a once prominent Philadelphia union official of arson, racketeering conspiracy and extortion this week, providing more fuel for lawmakers who want to close a loophole protecting individuals … Read the rest

Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

January 21, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

Wolf immediately signed executive orders banning gifts for members of the executive … Read the rest

Lawmakers, advocacy groups pushing for civil asset forfeiture reform

January 14, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling for changes to the civil asset forfeiture system to ensure the tenant of innocent until proven guilty applies when taking people’s property.

State Sen. Mike Read the rest

Florida governor looks to poach businesses from Pennsylvania

January 13, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is planning a trip to Philadelphia in February, and he’s hoping to lure some Pennsylvania businesses back south with him.

His pitch so far has focused on differences in the … Read the rest

Voting before Corbett leaves a ‘golden opportunity’ or ‘bad government’

January 12, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

SHIFTING POWER: Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Turzai, left, R-Allegheny, is congratulated by Gov. Tom Corbett, right, as Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf looks on, center, Tuesday at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

 

By Andrew … Read the rest

ACLU lawsuit: PA law to silence offenders’ speech violates First Amendment

January 9, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania on Thursday made good on its promise to sue over a new state law that gives crime victims and prosecutors the power to silence … Read the rest

Reform activist calls for more timely audit of PA Legislature

January 8, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Eric Epstein wants to know how much of a financial reserve the state Legislature has squirreled away, and he wants the answer by the end of this month.

The coordinator of Rock … Read the rest

Want to be a state lawmaker? Take a drug test, PA rep says

January 7, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

State lawmakers took their oath of office Tuesday, solemnly promising to uphold the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions.

But it shouldn’t stop there, State Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester says. They should swear to something else, … Read the rest

New year brings renewed optimism for reform in PA Legislature

January 1, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Rep. Brad Roae might be the most optimistic guy in the state House.

Roae, R-Crawford, has plans to push a trio of reform measures that would eliminate state cars for lawmakers, … Read the rest

PA lawmakers propose ways to modernize voter registration

December 26, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In the age of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, Pennsylvania is stuck in the past century when it comes to voter registration.

Prospective voters can download the necessary form online, but can’t submit … Read the rest

Republican lawmaker renews effort to impeach Kane

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A state lawmaker Monday renewed efforts to impeach embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, tried to impeach Kane in the past legislative session and held a … Read the rest

Paycheck protection to Mary’s Law: Lawmakers get personal

December 16, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have given paycheck protection legislation a face as they try again to pass the controversial measure.

The lawmakers call it “Mary’s Law” after Mary Trometter, a college professor whose husband received a Read the rest

Liquor privatization debate poised to resurface in PA House

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

When the calendar flipped from November to December, Pennsylvania lawmakers who made a Sisyphus-like effort to push a liquor privatization plan out of the state House saw their legislative boulder tumble back to the … Read the rest

Audit: PA handed out $93 million to businesses that missed job projections

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

By Andrew Staub |PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A state audit released Wednesday shows Pennsylvania taxpayers haven’t got a lot of bang for their economic development buck.

Over a three-year period, Pennsylvania directed $93.5 million in economic development money to businesses … Read the rest

PA Senate leader: Complicated bills unlikely to reach Corbett before term ends

November 25, 2014 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Republicans have controlled the governor’s office, state House and state Senate the last four years, but couldn’t push liquor privatization past the finish line or muscle through public pension reform before the November election … Read the rest

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