Chief Justice Saylor comments on Kane suspension, other court matters

Just a week after temporarily suspending Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s license to practice law in Pennsylvania, Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor spoke about the event at September’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

Notably focusing on a part of the suspension order that clarified that the suspension did not remove Kane from office, Saylor stated that the clarifying sentence was added to address confusion and speculation about what a temporary suspension means.

“The order could’ve been, perhaps, written without that sentence,” he said. “But, I think, we thought collectively because of the speculation that had been ongoing in the media and also some misinformation, misunderstanding, that it was better we take that opportunity in a unanimous fashion to clarify what the order did and didn’t do.”

He added the order made the fact that the suspension does not in-and-of-itself remove Kane from office “self-evident what would have otherwise been implicit."

Monday, September 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: "We're a long way off," Corman says after recent budget meeting

VIDEO: "We're a long way off," Corman says after recent budget meeting

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) provides the latest on budget negotiations after meeting with Gov. Wolf late Thursday afternoon. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Lawmakers, governor to resume talks Monday

Lawmakers, governor to resume talks Monday

Following several hours behind closed doors this afternoon, legislative leaders reported minimal progress on a budget agreement with the governor, who separately confirmed to reporters that he does plan to veto the stopgap measure, SB 1000, passed by the House earlier in the day.
Thursday, September 24, 2015/Author: Mike Howells
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House debates stopgap budget under cloud of veto threat

As expected today, the House followed the Senate’s work earlier in the week, approving stopgap budget legislation SB 1000 along a party-line vote of 117-83. The plan, referred to as an “emergency funding” measure by Republicans throughout the day’s debate, would effectively implement one-third of the budget passed by the General Assembly in June and subsequently vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Today’s vote was taken, however, under the threat of veto by Gov. Wolf.

Thursday, September 24, 2015/Author: Mike Howells
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Reed: Republicans likely to change governor’s liquor, pension proposals

Reed: Republicans likely to change governor’s liquor, pension proposals

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) told The PLS Reporter Tuesday that while the assessment of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposals regarding liquor and pension reform is still ongoing, initial reviews indicate that Republicans will likely offer changes to those proposals.

“We’re still reviewing [the proposals], certainly we don’t have all the information from the administration yet, there are a lot of details that are important to formulating a concrete decision on it,” he said. “I would expect that there are some changes that we would make on both particular items.”

He said House and Senate leaders would meet on the proposal later Tuesday to try to get a better handle on the proposals’ details.

Noting specific concerns upon an initial review, Rep. Reed said the liquor proposal has a lot of unanswered questions pertaining to the structure, but he feels changes can be made to make the proposal “workable."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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