E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

The law mandating the current $1.00 fee on certain telecommunications devices used to fund county 911 services is set to expire on June 30, but as the Senate turns to consider a recently passed House reauthorization plan, the new fee amount remains at issue.

In House Bill 911, which passed the House in early May, the fee is increased to $1.65.

At a Senate hearing on the legislation Tuesday, government agencies and stakeholders all expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the proposed amount.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: An interview with Labor and Industry Sec. Kathy Manderino

VIDEO: An interview with Labor and Industry Sec. Kathy Manderino

The PLS Reporter sat down with Kathy Manderino, the new Secretary of the Labor and Industry Department. Find out about her career in Pennsylvania state government, her goals for the department, and what she likes to do in her spare time. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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In maintaining bond rating, Fitch says PA is continually unable to address fiscal challenges

Bond rating company Fitch Ratings Tuesday maintained the Commonwealth’s current bond rating of AA- with a stable economic outlook.

However, Fitch noted not all is going positively for the Commonwealth, indicating the Commonwealth has shown a “continued inability to address its fiscal challenges with structural and recurring measures” which has led to a bond rating lower than most states.

“After an unexpected revenue shortfall in fiscal 2014, the current year budget includes a substantial amount of one-time revenues and expense deferrals to achieve balance and continues the deferral of statutory requirements to replenish reserves which were utilized during the recession,” Fitch said in a statement releasing the bond rating. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf calls on rail companies to improve safety in crude oil deliveries

Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern, urging them to adopt increased safety standards for transports carrying crude-by-rail or CBR.

"Every week a large volume of CBR and, in particular, Bakken crude oil, is shipped across this state," the governor said in his letter.

"While the recent actions taken by the railroad industry have certainly been of value, explosive derailments took place in Dubuque, Iowa on February 4, 2015; Mt. Carbon, West Virginia on February 16, 2015; Galena, Illinois on March 5, 2015; and Heimdal, North Dakota on May 6, 2015. All four of these derailments involved the new generation CPC-1232 tank cars, and all four occurred at speeds below the current voluntary speed limit of 40 miles per hour."

Approximately 60 to 70 trains carrying Bakken crude oil travel through Pennsylvania each week.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court holds PSP denied basic due process in Uzarski v. PSP

In a unanimous opinion Tuesday, the Commonwealth Court held the Pennsylvania State Police denied one of its employees—a liquor enforcement officer named Nichole Beswick Uzarski—basic due process rights in a dispute over a damaged GPS device by both failing to provide her notice of a final determination and not providing her the opportunity for an inter-agency appeal.

The court sent the matter back to the State Police for further adjudication at the agency level.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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