Pension reform likely before end of June

Pension reform likely before end of June

The House took its first look at the Senate pension reform bill Tuesday and two House Republicans in charge of making sure the legislation gets passed prognosticated that a major pension reform bill will likely pass within the confines of the budget cycle.

“I think ultimately we’re going to get pension reform done as part of this budget,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Whether that occurs in mid-June, late-June, who knows, that’s yet to be determined.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

House Majority Leader Reed details “serious discussion” with governor during working meeting

Republican leaders met with Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday morning to discuss the budget and related major topics including pension and liquor reform.

The PLS Reporter spoke with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) about how that discussion went following Monday’s unanimous repudiation by the House of Gov. Wolf’s revenue plan.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Costa shows support for Shale tax to fund education

VIDEO: Costa shows support for Shale tax to fund education

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa was joined by democratic leaders and other democratic lawmakers to highlight and push legislation that would create a new $1 billion natural gas extraction tax for education in Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt

Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt

Due to some procedural wrangling Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf’s revenue plans was voted on by the entire House chamber Monday afternoon.

While Republicans said the vote was necessary to fund another amendment providing for the governor's spending plan, Democrats in the chamber called the maneuver a political stunt.

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 6.1.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.1.15

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

  • The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) were joined legislators and hundreds of motorcyclists to support HB 853, which would enhance penalties for distracted driving that results in severe injury or death. The family of Daniel Gallatin, the proposed law’s namesake, spoke about Gallatin, a father, grandfather, military veteran and fireman of nearly 40 years who was killed in May 2013 when his motorcycle was hit from behind in Lawrence County by a texting driver.
  • Rep. Mike Regan (R-York) joined the Keystone Alliance to Stop Utility Imposters this morning to call for increased public awareness of criminals who post as utility workers in order to commit against people in their homes. Rep. Regan said imposter utility worker crimes are on the rise and explained he has introduced HR 341 to designate the week of June 8 through 12, 2015 as Utility Imposter Awareness Week and increase awareness about the crime.
  • Supporters and members of Patients for Safe Access to Marijuana today rallied on the Capitol steps to call for enactment of SB 3, which provides for the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) held a press conference in the Capitol Newsroom introducing HB 13, his legislation to allow Pennsylvanians to register to vote at their polling place on Election Day, provided they supply specified proof of identification and their current address.
  • The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of Pennsylvania (BPAP) held their third annual legislative bowling for charity event in the East Wing Rotunda. With this year’s theme “Strikes and Spares for Hope and Healing,” BPAP will be making a generous donation to all five Ronald McDonald House programs in Pennsylvania. Legislators were invited and encouraged to roll one bowling ball down the lane to help raise money. 

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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