Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

The Pennsylvania House voted to get rid of their own state vehicle leases Monday, with supporters claiming it would be more cost effective and protect the state from liability, following a summer of bad press around a lawmaker’s driving.

“We’re not doing anything that would warrant having specialized state-owned vehicles,” Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) said.

The bill, HB 482 sponsored by Roae, passed 140-44. Currently, 42 members of the General Assembly, including 27 members of the House, lease state vehicles. All leases in the House belong to Democrats, though members of the Senate GOP leadership also lease.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - September 24, 2018

Tweets of the Week - September 24, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, September 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Features
Uber hands over $5.7 million, updates procedures in data breach settlement to Pennsylvania

Uber hands over $5.7 million, updates procedures in data breach settlement to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is receiving $5.7 million from a settlement with rideshare giant Uber after the company failed to report a breach of drivers’ confidential data for a year.

Of the total, $1.35 million will go directly to the state’s drivers — in $100 payments to the 13,500 impacted. The rest will go to the state’s consumer protection program.

Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House committee advances grand jury suggestion missing from statute bill

House committee advances grand jury suggestion missing from statute bill

The House-amended statute of limitations bill may hit snags in the Senate by lacking two grand jury suggestions, but Wednesday a bill to address a third was advanced by state representatives in committee.

Rep. Todd Stephen’s (R-Montgomery) HB 2641 would create stricter punishments for not reporting child abuse or suspicions of child abuse, as the grand jury on Catholic sexual abuse suggested when released last month.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Restrictions to domestic abusers gun ownership pass House

Restrictions to domestic abusers gun ownership pass House

After months of caucusing and discussion, the Pennsylvania House finally passed a bill aimed to limit domestic abusers access to firearms.

By a 131-62 vote, the House approved HB 2060 which requires convicted domestic abusers or final PFA recipients hand over their guns within 24 hours to a lawyer, sheriff or gun dealer.

Previously, convicted domestic abusers had 60 days to hand over weapons and could give them to a friend for safekeeping.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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