5 bills to watch for the week of April 15

5 bills to watch for the week of April 15

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From regulatory reform to Right to Know requests, here are five bills to watch for the week of April 15.
Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
National Guard looks to General Assembly for help fighting declining enlistment, growing strain

National Guard looks to General Assembly for help fighting declining enlistment, growing strain

The commonwealth wants YOU to join the Pennsylvania National Guard. 

While there has always been a vested interest in getting state residents to sign up for the Guard, it is especially urgent now, as the branch is fighting a declining force size amid retention struggles and waning interest among Americans in joining the armed forces.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Soaring rhetoric and thunderous applause greeted the Pennsylvania House’s amendment of the civil window into a statute of limitations bill Monday.

"I don't give a damn if [abuse] happened 40 minutes ago or 40 years ago,” Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) said on the floor to a round of cheers from fellow members and the gallery filled with victims of abuse.

After the amended SB 261 moved out of the House by a vote of 173-21 Tuesday however, the Senate expressed no desire to quickly concur on the legislation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

For the first time in a decade, Pennsylvania will have a nice chunk of change to squirrel away in its coffers.

As part of the 2018 budget, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf eight days ahead of time, the commonwealth is putting $22 million into its Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, or rainy day fund for short.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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