VIDEO: Col. Brown answers questions after Senate confirmation hearing

VIDEO: Col. Brown answers questions after Senate confirmation hearing

After his confirmation hearing before the Senate Law and Justice Committee today, Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown answered some additional questions from reporters. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Col. Brown on confirmation hearing: “These are the same questions that have been asked and answered”

Col. Brown on confirmation hearing: “These are the same questions that have been asked and answered”

Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown sat for his long-anticipated confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Law and Justice Committee Wednesday.

During the hearing, Col. Brown fielded questions from mostly Republican members asking him about controversial subjects from his distant and recent past including the tax exempt status of his two homes, the legality by which he is collecting a pension from his service with the Baltimore City Police Department, a controversial search on I-270 in Maryland, his wearing of the Pennsylvania State Police uniform, his law enforcement qualifications, his actions in the removal of yard signs opposed to his confirmation, and his support of Second Amendment rights.

After the hearing Col. Brown noted that the panel, who moved his nomination to the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee without opinion, addressed areas of his past that have not gone without prior examination.

“These are the same questions that have been asked and answered, some of the going back as far as ten years,” he told reporters following the hearing. “They’ve been asked and I expect the Senate to do a thorough job in their vetting, but as multiple of the senators have said, it is my experience and qualifications that they are going to be judging me on and that’s what I think the citizens of this state expect.”

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Capitol All-Stars Team Selection 2015

VIDEO: Capitol All-Stars Team Selection 2015

On Tuesday, a lottery selection for the Capitol All-Stars charity softball game took place in the Capitol Media Center. The game will take place on Monday, September 28th at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.2.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Sen. Art Haywood was joined by statewide activists, family members of victims and community leaders to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Sen. Haywood also announced a resolution that would make June 2015 Gun Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The senator and activists wore orange to honor the life of Hadiya Pendelton, a young woman who was shot to death in Chicago. Hadiya’s classmates came together to organize the first national Gun Violence Awareness Day this year on what would have been her 18th birthday.
  • A group of Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate announced the formation of a workgroup aimed at dealing with redistricting reform legislation. Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) stated she is pleased to announce this unique, bipartisan and bicameral approach to redistricting reform and said any serious discussion about government reform must begin and end with redistricting.
  • In the Capitol East Wing, The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) presented state Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) with the “Kay Thompson Outstanding Legislator Award” for their efforts in helping to improve access to quality oral health care for the underserved.
  • The PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilition, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania hosted the 2015 Blindness Awareness Expo in the Main Rotunda. The expo included simulations of varying visual impairments, while other vendors and organizations offered hands-on demonstrations with guide dogs, tools, and services that facilitate living with a visual impairment.
  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) released its 2014-15 Annual Report in the Main Capitol Rotunda containing information on how PATF’s financing made it possible for 176 people with disabilities to acquire assistive technology they need.
  • Sen. Randy  Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) hosted a press conference to discuss their legislation, SB 282 and HB 457, intended to promote economic development along Pennsylvania’s waterfront areas. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Cortes, three other Wolf nominees confirmed by Senate

Cortes, three other Wolf nominees confirmed by Senate

Tuesday afternoon the Senate confirmed four of Gov. Tom Wolf’s department head nominations, including Pedro Cortes as Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Among the four nominees considered on Tuesday, Sec. Cortes’s nomination was the only one subject to debate on the Floor.

Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) took the Senate floor to urge members to oppose confirming Sec. Cortes.

“After speaking with him on a number of occasions and asking him questions during the Appropriations hearings, I find his answers to be less than truthful," he said. "I’m very concerned about him being able to have this position for our Commonwealth.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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