UPDATED: Gov. Wolf issues moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

UPDATED: Gov. Wolf issues moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced he is placing a moratorium on future use of the death penalty in Pennsylvania until he receives and reviews the report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Capital Punishment and any recommendations in the report are addressed.

“This moratorium is in no way an expression of sympathy for the guilty on death row, all of whom have been convicted of committing heinous crimes," the governor said in the Friday announcement. "This decision is based on a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective, unjust, and expensive."

Friday, February 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Education Committee hears varied views on bills limiting state assessment, PA Core standards

House Education Committee hears varied views on bills limiting state assessment, PA Core standards

The House Education Committee brought together various education stakeholders and policymakers in a Thursday hearing to vet two bills that would halt or rollback Pennsylvania’s Keystone Exams, particularly as they pertain to graduation requirements.

Thursday, February 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.11.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.11.15

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

Members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda to unveil a list of ten key county government legislative priorities for 2015, including calling state officials to enact reforms to the 911 call-taking system operated by counties. Other significant issues range from maintenance of the shale gas impact fee, human services funding and further system reform to addressing the commonwealth’s responsibility for court funding and diversifying the county tax base. 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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UPDATED: Mixed reaction follows announcement of Gov. Wolf’s natural gas tax plan

UPDATED: Mixed reaction follows announcement of Gov. Wolf’s natural gas tax plan

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday outlined his plan to tax natural gas extracted from Pennsylvania and to devote the proceeds of the revenue to bolster public education funding and offset the environmental impacts of natural gas extraction.

According to Gov. Wolf, the proposal will bring in an estimated $1 billion in revenue in 2017 before exemptions are taken into account and will supplant the current Act 13 impact fee. He did note that municipalities will receive money from the tax.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Corman releases documents in NCAA lawsuit, calling for NCAA to investigate PART II

VIDEO: Corman releases documents in NCAA lawsuit, calling for NCAA to investigate PART II

In a Wednesday morning press conference, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) released more than 4,900 pages of documents from his lawsuit against the NCAA to outline the manipulative tactics used against Penn State University, and called for the NCAA to investigate and hold accountable those involved.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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