Did You Get The Memo? Veteran employment, government spending and state countermand power

Did You Get The Memo? Veteran employment, government spending and state countermand power

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 provide tax deductions for businesses that hire veterans, place limits on a governor’s ability to spend over budgeted amounts and inquire about a constitutional convention to give state legislatures more power.
Friday, July 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending

GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending

Two York County lawmakers are looking to curb government spending that exceeds budgeted amounts by bringing a constitutional amendment to the ballot box. 

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) announced Tuesday that they will be introducing legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to require supplemental spending requests to be approved by the General Assembly.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

With the 2020 Census looming, lawmakers are still considering the prospect of whether to allocate state funding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s commission charged with getting the word out about the survey, which proponents argue could help fight against undercounting in the state.

But lawmakers expressed an array of concerns at a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on the matter Monday. They ranged from ruffled feathers over Wolf’s decision to unilaterally bond $90 million to fund voting machine replacement in the state to criticism over a lack of communication from the commission and worries the commission has not done enough to ensure it targets rural residents.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans joined in the East Wing Rotunda to push for the passage of a package of legislation that would help combat opioid addiction across the state. 

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) noted that last year over 4,000 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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