With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Alloway retiring in February

Alloway retiring in February

Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) is retiring effective February 28.

Alloway has served in the General Assembly since 2008. He was due to stand for reelection in 2020.
Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Karen Coates, chief of staff to Turzai, passes away

Karen Coates, chief of staff to Turzai, passes away

Karen Coates passed away Thursday evening following a short illness.

Coates, Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) had served as his right hand women since he ascended to the chamber's top position in 2015.
Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Transcript: Cutler talks redistricting, minimum wage and statute of limitations

Transcript: Cutler talks redistricting, minimum wage and statute of limitations

After 12 years climbing his way to the top, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) took over as House Majority Leader for this session, replacing former Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

The PLS Reporter sat down with Cutler for a chat on some of the issues, from redistricting to support for nuclear plants and statute of limitations, that could shape the next year. The interview is printed below with some minor editing for clarity.
Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats name committee members

Senate Democrats name committee members

Senate Democrats filled out their committee assignments Wednesday.

One of the biggest changes came on the State Government committee, where all but chair Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) were replaced by freshmen legislators.

Two freshmen, Sen. Steve Santasiero (D-Bucks) and Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) received appointments to the powerful Appropriations Committee as well.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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