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
House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

Lawmakers from both parties voted Tuesday to approve bills designed to crack down on construction firms using unauthorized workers, including one that would require all of those companies to use the federal E-Verify database.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted to approve both measures, with the more controversial of the two authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh). That proposal would require construction firms to use E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s I-9 form against information provided to federal agencies. Those that do not could stand to use their state-issued license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed

House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed

A series of bills in the House are drawing attention to the longtime controversy surrounding a moratorium on fracking issued by the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is presently considering a full ban on the practice.

The DRBC launched the current moratorium in 2010, following concern from environmental activists that allowing the practice would get in the way of the agency’s mission of protecting the health of the watershed, which comprises parts of Philadelphia, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Sexual assault, special elections and committee chair selection legislation

Did You Get The Memo? Sexual assault, special elections and committee chair selection legislation

With so much legislation filed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, some naturally garner more attention than others. From resolutions designating the state pet of Pennsylvania to bills that have significant financial implications, a lot can be unearthed from sifting through the legislature’s co-sponsorship memos.
 
In the past week, there has been an array of proposals that would affect everything from sexual assault protocols in schools and the General Assembly to how special elections in the state are funded, which is why we’re going to take a look at some of the most interesting co-sponsorship memos filed in the General Assembly this week.
Friday, March 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Many lawmakers and conservationists breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it would halt permit review on the controversial Mariner East pipeline.

But not Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester).

“On the heels of that announcement, I’m watching bulldozers roll into my neighborhood right now,” Friel Otten said. “As I drive through my community, they are ramping up to get started on construction throughout Chester County again.”
Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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