Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

A Kentucky lawyer and a government watchdog organization were the lone testifiers at Monday’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on possible ethics reform legislation.

The hearing was called in response to numerous news reports regarding a sting operation halted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane that showed state legislators taking cash gifts in exchange for votes on pending legislation.

Noting the Senate just passed a bill and a rule banning cash gifts from lobbyists or those seeking business before the state, committee chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) said the hearing is the first step in broader ethics reform.

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Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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VIDEO: Sen. Smucker Discusses Gift Ban Legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Smucker Discusses Gift Ban Legislation

Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) reacts to gift ban legislation discussed at a Senate State Government Committee hearing on Monday. Those testifying at the hearing were Barry Kaufman, Executive Director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania and John Schaaf, Counsel for the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. 

Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Sit in to Occur if Governor Refuses Meeting with Medical Marijuana Advocates

Sit in to Occur if Governor Refuses Meeting with Medical Marijuana Advocates

Six months of waiting is too long for Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and advocates of medical marijuana who today vowed to sit in the governor’s outer office if he refuses to set up a meeting with them by May 2.

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Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Constitutionality, Industry Concerns Stall Minimum Royalty Legislation

Legislation pending in the House offering clarity on the amount oil and gas companies must pay in royalties to landowners leasing their property for drilling has divided lawmakers. The PLS Reporter takes a brief look at the history of the issue.

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Friday, April 25, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Natural Gas Industry Comes Out Opposed to Severance Tax

A group representing Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and business concerns expressed their opposition to a severance tax on natural gas extracts today.

Before the General Assembly left for the Easter break, and in the intervening period, calls for a severance tax to ease budgetary pressures have grown as the June 30 budget deadline becomes closer.

Noting the industry has already paid $2.1 billion in state taxes since 2007 and $631 million under the Act 13 impact fee since 2012, Stephanie Wissman of the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Pennsylvania called proposals for an additional severance tax “irresponsible.”

“Make no mistake, these short-sighted tax schemes are based on politics, not economics,” Wissman said. “They will destroy job growth and stifle the type of capital investment that is helping our state to grow.”

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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