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Erik Arneson

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Property Tax Reform Issue Heating Up Again In Harrisburg

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.

05/08/2012

(Dr. Arlene Ackerman, when she ran the Philadelphia school district.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

After Ackerman Buyout, Pa. Senate Passes New School Admin. Contract Rules

Prompted by large buyouts for school superintendents in Philadelphia and several other districts, the state Senate has passed and sent to the House legislation that would place new restrictions on contracts with top school administrators.

05/01/2012

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Lawmakers Return To Tackle Budget, Casino License

After a three week primary election break, Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the state capitol today to begin the busiest stretch of the year: the run-up to the June 30th budget deadline and summer recess.

04/30/2012

Artist’s rendering of the Foxwoods casino project.

Pa. Lawmakers Turn Attention To Fate Of Foxwoods Casino License

Now that the state Supreme Court has rejected Foxwoods’ appeal of its license revocation, attention turns to whether that license will remain in Philadelphia end up somewhere else in the state or end up nowhere at all.

04/02/2012

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Legislative Feud Could Shutter Philadelphia’s Red Light Camera Program

The future of Philadelphia’s red light camera program is in jeopardy as lawmakers remain divided over whether to expand the program to other cities.

03/12/2012

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Senator Pileggi Says A Delayed Date May Be Needed For The Pennsylvania Primary

The majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate says the April 24th primary may have to be delayed because of the chaos that’s resulted from the state Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the new map of state legislative districts.

02/04/2012

File photo of Governor Tom Corbett addressing the State Association of Township Supervisors in Hershey. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Long-Delayed Natural Gas Drilling Bill Could Go To Corbett Next Week

A spokesman for Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, says negotiations have heated up to get a natural gas drilling bill to the Governor’s desk.

02/01/2012

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Protesters Disrupt State Hearing To Reconfigure Pennsylvania House And Senate Districts

Protesters shouting Occupy Wall Street slogans delayed and disrupted a Friday hearing on a plan to reconfigure state House and Senate districts in Pennsylvania.

11/19/2011

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Natural Gas Drilling Bill Delayed

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.

11/01/2011

Pennsylvania State Senate Passes Bill To Reject Fed’s ‘Real ID’ Act

Fifteen states have moved to block Real ID. The bill now moves to the state House.

10/18/2011

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City of Chester May Be Eligible For Red Light Cameras

Philadelphia already has them but now the city of Chester would be among the Pennsylvania cities eligible for red light traffic cameras under legislation approved by a state Senate committee yesterday.

10/18/2011

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Corbett and Chester State Sentator In Favor Of Electoral Vote Changes

Governor Corbett and State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R) are supporting a major change to the way Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections.

09/13/2011

(Gov. Tom Corbett.  AP file photo)

Pennsylvania Legislature Holds Sunday Session To Try To Finalize Budget

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.

06/27/2011

Pa. Senate Set To Take Up Pair Of Abortion Bills

One Senate bill is in response to the West Philadelphia abortion clinic horrors. Among its many provisions, that measure tightens policies regarding inspections, handling of complaints, and clinic reporting of “serious” events.

06/06/2011

Some Pennsylvania Lawmakers Seek To Cut Benefit to Illegal Immigrants

The Pennsylvania Senate this week passed and sent to the House a pair of bills intended to cut off benefits to illegal aliens in Pennsylvania.

05/28/2011

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