Did You Get The Memo? Wine, guns and driving in the left lane

Did You Get The Memo? Wine, guns and driving in the left lane

A weekly look at new proposals from lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In our latest iteration of our weekly feature on new co-sponsorship memoranda, we take a look at proposals to ban untraceable gun parts, increase the amount of wine able to be purchased, and slow drivers in the left lane.
Friday, April 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
E-scooters face speed bumps on the way to legalization

E-scooters face speed bumps on the way to legalization

Two representatives from across the state are hoping to legalize electric scooters on Pennsylvania roads, which would clear the way for scooter-sharing companies to occupy mobility markets.

 

Representatives Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) have sponsored a bill that would add low-speed electric scooters to the state’s Vehicle Code, permitting them to be used on roads and streets across the commonwealth. The bill was the subject of a public hearing Thursday, where members of the House Transportation Committee heard from stakeholders about the benefits and impacts of legalizing e-scooters.

Friday, April 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Organizations want legislative fixes to recycling collection in Pennsylvania

Organizations want legislative fixes to recycling collection in Pennsylvania

Recycling in Pennsylvania may not be dead, but industry professionals see a broken system that could be aided by state lawmakers in Harrisburg. 
 
Panelists representing the National Waste & Recycling Association, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, recycling company Agilyx and the Consumer Technology Association appeared before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday to brief lawmakers on the state of recycling in Pennsylvania and urge legislators to fix the system and make it more convenient for Pennsylvania residents.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Shapiro, grand jury recommend changes to crack down on Medicaid fraud

Shapiro, grand jury recommend changes to crack down on Medicaid fraud

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro revealed findings from a grand jury investigation into the state’s medical assistance program earlier this week, outlining three potential legislative solutions that could help Pennsylvania crack down on Medicaid fraud. 
 

Shapiro said the investigation emanated from two separate Medicaid fraud investigations that inspired the grand jury to explore ways to better police fraud in the state’s medical assistance program. One involved the mother of an autistic daughter who directed caregivers to perform work around the house rather than care for her daughter. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Proponents of a bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio and provide a ratepayer-funded subsidy to nuclear power companies argue that it could save the struggling Three Mile Island power plant in Dauphin County. However, during the second House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing for House Bill 11 on Monday, some lawmakers questioned how significant the bill’s effect would be, and whether it would actually save the plant at all.   
 
The Three Mile Island generating station is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall, barring aid from state government officials. Supporters of House Bill 11 argue that the legislation is necessary not only to keeping energy costs affordable and stable, but to also save the plant from premature retirement. 
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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