Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he reached a settlement in the Tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement.

The settlement netted the state nearly $357 million. That money, however, had already been earmarked within the state's 2018-19 budget to cover long term care costs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Stephens bill to protect employees from workplace violence

Stephens bill to protect employees from workplace violence

During Thursday's House Labor and Industry meeting the topic was Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) bill, House Bill 2071, which implements a voluntary workplace violence policy to attempt to protect employees.

There were four amendments on the bill and all but one failed before the bill was passed out of committee with two Democrats voting with Republicans in an otherwise party-line vote. 

Rep. Stephens spoke with The PLS Reporter after the meeting on his bill and why it is important to him.
Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
One vote margins define House Judiciary gun decisions on background checks, bump stock ban

One vote margins define House Judiciary gun decisions on background checks, bump stock ban

In round two of the House Judiciary Committee’s gun votes this week, two contentious, party-splitting decisions were each decided by a single vote.

A bump stock ban passed out of committee, but universal background checks failed to garner a majority.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

The General Assembly’s 2018-19 budget bill advanced in leaps and bounds Wednesday, moving from out of the House and onto the Senate Floor by day’s end.

HB 2121, the state’s $32.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year, passed the House by a resounding 188-10 margin before arriving in the Senate and getting near unanimous approval in the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philly City Council mulls how to slow down city traffic

Philly City Council mulls how to slow down city traffic

Members of Philadelphia City Council discussed traffic calming practices for the second time within a month Tuesday to determine whether or not the city will implement additional policies to decrease traffic deaths. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
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