Time now the biggest enemy of bill allowing legislative oversight of carbon emissions standards compliance

An amendment to House Bill 2354, which would allow for legislative oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection’s compliance plan for the EPA’s new carbon emissions standards, might jeopardize the legislation.

Since the amendment was added in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the legislation will have to go back to the House for concurrence.

With only three remaining scheduled session days, only two of which are at this time anticipated to deal with substantive issues, supporters of the bill are worried there will not be enough time to get the bill to the governor’s desk.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Turzai talks lame duck session

VIDEO: Turzai talks lame duck session

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) gives his views on lame duck session. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Turzai: “I’m open to a lame duck session”; Pileggi: “Our caucus is not interested”

Furthering ongoing speculation that the General Assembly might come back in to session following the November election to vote on substantive legislation, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) Wednesday afternoon said he is open to the idea.

“I’m open to a lame duck session,” he told The PLS Reporter

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A LOOK BACK with Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette)

A LOOK BACK with Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette)

The PLS Reporter sat down with Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette) to discuss his time in the General Assembly, his proudest accomplishments, and his plans for retirement. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: A Look Back
Capitol Quick Hits for 10.8.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.8.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Aging celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Program (PACE) at a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda. The PACE program began providing comprehensive pharmaceutical assistance benefits to income eligible older Pennsylvanians in July 1984. 
  • The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) honored the winners of a new statewide art contest, “Art: The Universal Language,” during a celebration in the Main Capitol Rotunda. The art contest was a partnership between The Arc of Pennsylvania, the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America met on the Capitol Steps to deliver 36,000 signatures to Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) to stop imprisoning women for abortion. The petition was issued in response to the sentencing of a Pennsylvania mother of three to 18 months in jail for ordering abortion pills online for her pregnant teenage daughter. 

  • The Pennsylvania Dyslexia Collation rallied in the Capitol Main Rotunda today to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month.  Dyslexia Awareness Month was declared by HR 1015 and SR 451.
  • The Early Childhood Education Caucus held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to recognize October as Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month is an opportunity to celebrate quality early education and the families, teachers, and leaders that help young children reach their promise every day. 



 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Event Central
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