Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi
The state Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill to expand the use of DNA evidence in Pennsylvania.
State Senate action on a bill to regulate and impose fees on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania has been delayed for at least two weeks.
A spokesman for the state Senate Republican leader says there’s a lot of interest in a House-passed bill that would require voter photo ID’s, but says the support of the Corbett administration doesn’t change the equation much.
Democrats don’t have the numbers to block the main budget bills, but bills that fund Temple, Lincoln, Pitt and Penn State require a two-thirds super majority to pass. After refusing to put up votes for the state-related universities Monday, Democrats changed course on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania continues to inch closer to a new state budget ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Lawmakers held a rare Sunday session as they attempt to wrap up work on the budget and other legislation.
Legislative leaders and Governor Corbett continue to express confidence that Pennsylvania will meet the June 30th budget deadline for the first time in years, even though the Senate Republican leader says a deal will have to get done today if that’s going to happen.
The focus now shifts to the state Senate after the House last week passed its version of a new Pennsylvania budget.
It appears that, over the objections of Governor Corbett, legislative action on a school tuition voucher bill may be pushed back until fall.
Revenue collections in April were 9% above what was anticipated. In addition to being a sign of a rebounding economy, it means that for the fiscal year to date, revenues are half a billion dollars above estimates.
Corbett has kept details of his budget secret, but gave GOP colleagues a broad overview.