Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree

Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree

A slate of dignitaries, including Gov. Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman kicked off the Capitol's holiday festivities Monday by lighting the rotunda Christmas tree.

The annual ceremony was replete with the Bishop McDevitt High School choir, speeches from Wolf and others and even an appearance from Santa Claus. The 18-foot tree, supplied by a farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, is adorned with almost 1,600 ornaments from preschool students and senior citizens.

Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

We get it, session weeks are busy--even when they’re non-voting session weeks. That’s why we put together a list of bills being discussed in a packed Judiciary Committee hearing next week to help you know where to focus your attention. From occupational licensure reform to JRI2, here are four bills to watch in that major hearing.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

The Department of Environmental Protection released its first round of statewide tests for PFAS Thursday, with only one location of the 96 sampled having elevated levels above federal guidelines.

The Wolf Administration announced in September of 2018 that it would begin statewide PFAS testing at high risk locations. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl contaminants, can originate in manufacturing or wastewater treatment facilities. The chemicals can cause cancer and other health problems in high concentrations.
Thursday, December 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale announces audit into whether frequent winners exploit PA Lottery

DePasquale announces audit into whether frequent winners exploit PA Lottery

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Wednesday he would be undertaking a review of state lottery policies in an effort to ensure that frequent winners who have defrauded other states for tens of millions of dollars are not liable to strike again in Pennsylvania.

Investigations in other states have found some lottery participants win repeatedly, including at stores they or their friends own, to a degree that is statistically improbable. Some of these have included criminal schemes in an effort to help lottery winners circumvent tax laws, although other winners merely claim that their good fortune is due to the frequent purchasing of tickets.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Chester County DA charges Energy Transfer official in Mariner East investigation

Chester County DA charges Energy Transfer official in Mariner East investigation

The Chester County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday they would file charges against a top official at Energy Transfer, the company behind the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline, for allegedly attempting to recruit state constables to provide security for pipeline sites and hide how they were paid.

DA Tom Hogan announced in a news release that he had filed bribery and corruption charges against ETP Security Manager Frank Recknagel, as well as officials at two security firms he alleges were used to “offshore” payments to the constables.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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