Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

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 reduce property tax rates as school districts pay of their debt, prohibit pre-trial detention of children in adult facilities and provide parole eligibility to people with life sentences.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmentalist activists proposed carbon emissions regulations to the state Environmental Quality Board Wednesday that would, if implemented, create a market for greenhouse gases to reach carbon neutrality by 2052.

Their argument cites both existing state clean air laws as well as the environmental rights clause of the state constitution to claim the state has a duty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect its residents from harm.

“I not only think it’s feasible, think it's absolutely essential,” Joseph Otis Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, said. “We’re prepared to litigate it if need be. This is the right path for Pennsylvania.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

On Thursday, the Independent Regulatory Review Committee approved an omnibus regulation package for the care of intellectually disabled Pennsylvanians that providers and advocates said would improve on the state’s current law, even as some fretted about accountability measures.

Revealed by the Department of Human Services in 2016, the regulations will undo some 2012 vintage rules around care for people with intellectual disabilities or autism, passed with little outside input.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

House State Government Committee holds second hearing on giving the General Assembly more regulatory oversight

The House State Government Committee held the second of its two hearings on solutions for improving oversight and relieving regulatory burdens for oil and gas industries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

This hearing focused on past acts of the Pennsylvania legislature and how they can be used to improve future legislation, and current barriers that the Commonwealth faces in regard to competition on a national level with current regulations.

Much of the hearing focused on environmental regulations as they pertain to the oil and gas industry, which have been a bone of contention with some Republican members are stifling economic development and job creation.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission Thursday unanimously approved a set of final regulations from the Public Utility Commission that are aimed at modernizing the commission’s regulation of taxicabs in order to help them better compete with the recently legalized transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.

 

Stemming from enabling legislation in Act 85 of 2016 and Act 164 of 2016 that allowed the temporary then permanent legalization of TNCs, the legislature tasked the PUC with promulgating new regulations as they pertain to taxicab and motor carrier companies that would allow them to better compete with TNCs, which operate on a different business model than traditional taxi companies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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