VIDEO: New fishing incentives available from Fish and Boat Commission, director says

VIDEO: New fishing incentives available from Fish and Boat Commission, director says

The PLS Reporter sat down with John Arway, Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission to discuss what's new in the world of Pennsylvania fishing and boating. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Grassroots, constituents to lead property tax elimination effort next session

The Property Tax Independence Act saw what sponsors claimed was a historic vote this session, as the property tax elimination effort articulated in Senate Bill 76 moved out of committee in September. The proposal went no further, however, as time expired on the 2013-14 session with the measure still awaiting a Floor vote.

Determined to bring a substantially similar proposal up next session, sponsor Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) said a concerted effort from grassroots organizations and members’ constituents will be needed to advance the bill next session beyond where it finished in the current legislative term.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Education effort to help ignition interlock proposal next session

A proposal championed by Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) to allow ignition interlock devices to be used for first-time DUI offenders failed to gain the necessary support to cross the finish line this session, but the effort came close.

After being amended in House Bill 1357, which unanimously passed the Senate in early October, the legislation died sitting in the House Rules Committee—just two steps away from final passage—in the final days of the 2013-2014 legislative session.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping up with the neighbors: Neighboring states respond to Ebola threat

Last Friday morning Gov. Tom Corbett, Secretary of Health Mike Wolf and Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone offered an update on Pennsylvania's Ebola preparedness, and emphasized there is no need to panic about a possible spread of the virus in the commonwealth. No cases have yet been reported within Pennsylvania borders but that hasn't stopped a frenzy of media reports and public concern over the possibility of the virus spreading.

Here's how neighboring states have been handling Ebola concerns.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

What’s next for suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery?

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery after that court’s presiding officer, Chief Justice Ronald Castille, announced publicly that Justice McCaffery had traded in pornographic emails along with members of former Attorney General and current Governor Tom Corbett’s staff and others.

The Supreme Court referred the matter for expedited review by the Judicial Conduct Board, which was given 30 days to determine whether a formal complaint should be filed.

While proceedings of this kind are very rare, particularly in the highest appellate court in the state, it has happened before and there is a prescribed process to deal with it. The PLS Reporter has researched what could happen next in this case. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views