House Government Oversight Committee set to meet over lobbying disclosure law

House Government Oversight Committee set to meet over lobbying disclosure law

A new powerful oversight committee is scheduled to meet publicly for the first time next week to release its findings on a lobbying disclosure law enacted last year.

 

The House Government Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 21 on their investigation into Act 2 of 2018, legislation that strengthened reporting requirements and increased penalties for those lobbying state government officials.

Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations for federal and state lawmakers designed to reduce the effects that fentanyl has had on Pennsylvania.

 

The recommendations are the result of DePasquale’s new report on fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin that was found in 67 percent of the 5,456 overdose deaths Pennsylvania saw in 2017.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

Upon returning from summer recess, Republican state lawmakers had their sights set on advancing a package of tax incentive and permitting relief bills designed to lure big employers to Pennsylvania.

But while roughly half of the bills in the package have either passed the House or become law, a series of permitting-related bills have stalled, prompting a larger conversation on the need for permitting reform in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would establish act on recommendations to reform the state pension system, provide more opportunities for municipal broadband deployment and require background checks for political candidates.

Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
IFO analysis: Nearly 2 million workers could see pay increase with $12 minimum wage; 34,000 could lose jobs

IFO analysis: Nearly 2 million workers could see pay increase with $12 minimum wage; 34,000 could lose jobs

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office has released new estimates on how Pennsylvania workers would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage, which suggests that close to 2 million workers could see increases in their pay if the state’s base wage is raised to $12 an hour.

 

However, the IFO says the policy wouldn’t come without some consequences — namely, a potential loss of approximately 34,100 jobs.

Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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