Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Bills that would punish so-called sanctuary cities and limit the ability of unions to have political dues money automatically deducted from public employee paychecks advanced through key Senate committees Monday in their move toward final passage.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

In its first meeting of the 2017-2018 legislative term, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an operating policy that would limit the ability of the committee to consider amendments outside the fiscal implications of legislation.

 

In the past, the committee has been the Senate-jurisdiction-of-last-resort for some wishing to change legislation as standing committees often try to move the process along without consideration of amendments.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

In the first meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee since Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) took over as Majority Chairman, the committee voted along party lines to move to the full Senate for consideration a bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and legislation that would eliminate local ordinances providing paid sick leave.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
FY 2016-2017 budget process closes out with passage of revenue package and code bills

FY 2016-2017 budget process closes out with passage of revenue package and code bills

Those now familiar with working around Pennsylvania’s legislature in a modern era where budgets are hard to come by, will now have to adjust to having at least a little while when the Commonwealth has a balanced budget in place now that a spending plan, supporting revenues, and associated code bills are now all set to become law.

 

It took 13 days since the passage of the spending plan, but on Wednesday the House and Senate approved the report of a conference committee that was convened in the afternoon that approved changes to the Tax Reform Code that will provide $752 million in recurring revenue.

 

The report of the conference committee was approved in the House by a vote of 116-75. It was approved in the Senate by a vote 28-22.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Hughes: "I am very confident this will pass and it may pass overwhelmingly"

Hughes: "I am very confident this will pass and it may pass overwhelmingly"

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) answers questions after the conference committee meeting and notes that cooperation among the leaders is much different than in the past. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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