House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

An ad-hoc group of 18 House Republican members recently announced they will be forming the “Common Sense Caucus,” a group of like-minded legislators aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues.

 

The group is formed largely of the team of rank-and-file House Republican members that were pushing for the use of special fund transfers to fund the current fiscal year’s budget, a component of which was incorporated into the revenue plan ultimately adopted.

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Fixing casino local share payment looks like an uphill climb for General Assembly

Fixing casino local share payment looks like an uphill climb for General Assembly

Though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court created a sense of urgency when it instituted a 120-day clock in its decision striking the gaming local share last month, it looks like it might be an uphill climb for the General Assembly to get a fix done in the current legislative session.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Scaled down gaming expansion amendment passes House

Scaled down gaming expansion amendment passes House

Despite the best laid plans of supporters of video gaming terminals—also known as VGTs—the House of Representatives Wednesday failed to pass a comprehensive gaming amendment that would have authorized their use  in Pennsylvania.

 

Instead, a more scaled down gaming amendment that will legalize and license iGaming, daily fantasy sports, and slot machines at airports and off track betting sites was added to House Bill 2150 and is set for final passage as soon as Thursday evening.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

A budget and pension discussion-packed podcast awaits you! Hear budget updates from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Appropriations Chairmen Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny). 

We get into the pension bill that passed the House this week, getting Senate reaction from Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), and Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna). Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who sponsored the proposal, provides a defense of his plan.

The crew also talks about the legalization and regulation of daily fantasy sports betting, hearing from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and House Gaming Oversight Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin). 

The podcast then turns to a talk on statute of limitations reform with comments from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).

We wrap up talking about a hearing creating a centralized agency for administrative hearings and what's new with combatting the opioid addiction epidemic.

All of that in less than 30 minutes!

CLICK HERE to listen to the latest episode.

Friday, June 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
Legislation to regulate fantasy sport contest operators clears House committee

Legislation to regulate fantasy sport contest operators clears House committee

The House Gaming Oversight committee met Wednesday morning to consider House Bill 2150 requiring fantasy sports contest providers to be licensed and regulated.

The primary sponsor of the bill is Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
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