Senate local radar bill gains restrictions in House committee, referred to floor

Senate local radar bill gains restrictions in House committee, referred to floor

As regularly as the seasons, legislators have introduced bills to enable local police use of radar.

A search of the Pennsylvania Legislative Services archive shows that going back to the 2001-2002 session, at least one bill, if not multiple versions, to expand access has been floated each session. The restriction to the State Police has been in place since the 1960s.

Friday, May 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Report on cost of open records law presented to House committee

Report on cost of open records law presented to House committee

Pennsylvania government agencies spent $5.7 million to $9.7 million in 2016 on open record requests, according to an estimate from a report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.

The report, issued following a resolution from House Local Government Chair Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), was presented to the committee Wednesday.

Thursday, May 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Getting online home rentals onto tax rolls advances out of committee

Getting online home rentals onto tax rolls advances out of committee

A law to make AirBnb and other home sharing platforms register with local governments moved out of committee Thursday.

The bill, HB 1810, would require that the websites share information on every host in the state with both the state Department of Treasury and county treasurers’ offices.

Thursday, May 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

A bill that expands criminal trespass into a felony when on pipelines, chemical plants, refineries and other similar industrial or transportation related infrastructure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), SB 652 adds four new crimes to state law, three of which are first degree felonies that can come with a minimum fine of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the charge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

After dismissing the political wherewithal for nuclear subsides a month ago, Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) brought the idea back on the table Wednesday morning.

“I think we know need to begin having a conversation in this building in terms of a state solution and as a short term bridge,” Aument said following the meeting of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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