Commonwealth Court says police motor vehicle video recordings can be public records

Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court unanimously held that certain portions of State Police vehicle recordings can be considered public records and made available under Pennsylvania’s open records law.

In the opinion authored by Senior Judge James Gardner Colins, the court further held that audio recordings as part of some of the videos requested could be redacted as investigative materials exempt from the Right to Know Law.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Gordner gives latest on budget negotiations

VIDEO: Gordner gives latest on budget negotiations

Senate Majority Whip John Gordner sat down with The PLS Reporter to give an update on state budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Monday budget negotiation and pension reform bill update

It was quiet most of the day in the Capitol building Monday as leadership staff met with high-ranking Wolf administration officials to discuss the budget.

By observation, and according to Capitol sources, legislative leaders were trickling into Harrisburg Monday afternoon as they prepare to begin budget renegotiations in earnest.

Monday, July 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP leaders’ letter to Wolf: Budget veto “puts politics over governing”

GOP leaders’ letter to Wolf: Budget veto “puts politics over governing”

A day after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan last week, budget negotiators surfaced from a regrouping meeting with new resolve to find compromise. However, less than a week later, GOP leaders sent a letter to the governor with a stark tone about their true feelings of the governor’s full veto of the budget.

“Your indiscriminate veto of House Bill 1192, the Fiscal Year 2015-16 General Appropriations Bill, puts politics above governing," the letter begins. "The veto unnecessarily withholds billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds, which will prevent social service organizations from accessing their state funds, and prevent school districts from accessing federal fund appropriations.”

The leaders in their letter point out that 274 of the 400 line items in the budget sent to the governor last week meet or exceed the appropriations laid out by the governor in his March 3rd budget address.

"Clearly, there was no reason to hold those who would receive these funds captive during this unnecessary budget standoff," they said.

Monday, July 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf vetoes liquor privatization, budget implementation bills

Gov. Wolf vetoes liquor privatization, budget implementation bills

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday afternoon his veto of a liquor privatization bill passed by the General Assembly as well as two budget implementation bills in the form of the School Code and Fiscal Code.

In vetoing House Bill 466, liquor privatization legislation sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Gov. Wolf said the legislation is irresponsible.

“This legislation falls short of a responsible means to reform our state liquor system and to maximize revenues to benefit our citizen,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “It makes bad business sense for the Commonwealth and consumers to sell off an asset, especially before maximizing its value. During consideration of this legislation, it became abundantly clear that this plan would result in higher prices for consumers.”

House Bill 466 is the first liquor privatization bill sent to a governor and would have phased out the current state retail liquor market according to a formula.

Thursday, July 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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