Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree

Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree

A slate of dignitaries, including Gov. Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman kicked off the Capitol's holiday festivities Monday by lighting the rotunda Christmas tree.

The annual ceremony was replete with the Bishop McDevitt High School choir, speeches from Wolf and others and even an appearance from Santa Claus. The 18-foot tree, supplied by a farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, is adorned with almost 1,600 ornaments from preschool students and senior citizens.

Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Tweets of the Week - December 2, 2019

Tweets of the Week - December 2, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Did You Get The Memo? Protections for pregnant inmates, sports betting and traffic violations

Did You Get The Memo? Protections for pregnant inmates, sports betting and traffic violations

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 greater protections for pregnant inmates, prohibit betting on sports involving Pennsylvania high school and college teams and establish community services options for individuals who are unable to pay traffic violation fees and fines.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

We get it, session weeks are busy--even when they’re non-voting session weeks. That’s why we put together a list of bills being discussed in a packed Judiciary Committee hearing next week to help you know where to focus your attention. From occupational licensure reform to JRI2, here are four bills to watch in that major hearing.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
What’s the best way to combat Medicaid provider fraud? The House Government Oversight Committee wants to start that conversation

What’s the best way to combat Medicaid provider fraud? The House Government Oversight Committee wants to start that conversation

The powerful House Government Oversight Committee recently released a report on how the state could limit Medicaid provider fraud, a document which the committee’s leading member says can start the conversation on how to cut unnecessary costs and better manage state resources. 

The report outlines a few tools the state could use to limit instances of provider fraud and improper payments, including a state False Claims Act and use of the federal government’s Do Not Pay Program, which helps national, state and local agencies prevent fraud and improper payments using data analytics.
Thursday, December 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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