Governor Corbett has signed into law legislation that will expand gambling in Pennsylvania by allowing small games of chance in bars and taverns.
Governor Corbett has signed into law two bills intended to ease the transition resulting from Mayor Nutter’s overhaul of city property taxes.
It appears another $30 million piece of the Philadelphia schools’ budget puzzle may soon happen.
The Pennsylvania Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill that would re-authorize the state’s health insurance program for children of low-income families.
The state senate favors expanding Medicaid, as provided for under the Affordable Care Act, while House Republicans do not.
Effective immediately, Traffic Court functions are under the supervision of Philadelphia Municipal Court, though the complete transition may take weeks or months.
The Pennsylvania film tax credit is currently capped at $60 million. Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, wants to uncap the film tax credit.
Former US congressman Joe Sestak likened the plan to an old Tammany Hall political boss sentiment: ” ‘It doesn’t matter what a citizen does with his vote if I can count the votes.’ “
Several Republican members of the Pennsylvania Senate now indicate they support expanding Medicaid eligibility, but a spokesman for the Senate majority leader says it won’t matter much if the governor doesn’t get behind it.
State senator Dominic Pileggi of Chester County says that because reforms have failed, it’s time to have Municipal Court take over its functions.
With some schools in southeastern Pennsylvania closed for a week now due to Hurricane Sandy, spokesmen say state legislative leaders would consider relaxing the 180-day requirement for affected school districts.
Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill now on his desk that would authorize random testing for gasoline octane levels in Pennsylvania.
The city of Pittsburgh and a dozen communities in Philadelphia’s suburbs will now be eligible to install red light camera as well. But they will not have sole discretion.
The Pennsylvania legislature has a full plate as lawmakers return to the capitol on Monday for the final session days before summer recess at the end of the week.
The issue of property tax reform is gaining momentum again in the state capitol, but faces the same hurdles that have stymied change for decades.