Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Several dozen members of the community showed up to thank register of wills Bruce Hanes for the bold step he’s taken in issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Montgomery County Solicitor Ray McGarry filed a response to a lawsuit challenging the Register of Wills Bruce Hanes’ decision to grant same-sex marriage licenses.
The Pennsylvania version of the law, modeled on the Florida statue that was the centerpiece of the Trayvon Martin case, was modified to account for some perceived shortcomings in the Florida version.
“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.
Pennsylvania has announced a first-of-its-kind program to give full or partial amnesty in an effort to recoup money that is owed to the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund.
But even as the American public becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, Pennsylvania has been slow to make a move when it comes to same-sex marriage or to expand LGBT civil rights.
“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
Vehicle license and registration fees, and fines for moving violations, would all increase under a transportation funding plan rolled out by Republicans in the GOP-controlled state senate.
In both Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania, tax deadlines have been extended by one day due to government web site problems.
There were 1,310 people killed in Pennsylvania traffic accidents last year, twenty-four more than in 2011.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that voters say, by a 51-to-31 percent margin, that the governor does not deserve to be re-elected.
Now midway into his first term, Gov. Corbett says there are “many causes crying out for funding.”
State senator Dominic Pileggi of Chester County says that because reforms have failed, it’s time to have Municipal Court take over its functions.
There are about 11,000 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania so far this season, and 22 deaths.
The Pennwatch web site was created by an act of the state legislature.