There were no breakthroughs on major issues Tuesday as Pennsylvania lawmakers get closer to their summer recess scheduled for Sunday.
Earlier this week, Senate Republican leaders took the wraps off their version of a liquor bill, one that provides no formula for shutting down state stores and selling off the state’s wholesale liquor operations.
The proposal from Bucks County Republican Chuck McIlhinney is different than the House version in major ways.
The state House today is expected to vote on legislation intended to abolish Philadelphia’s corruption-plagued Traffic Court. The legislation has already sailed through the state Senate.
Supporters say the bill would offset a reduction in corporate net income tax rates by cracking down on companies that have headquarters or subsidiaries in Delaware and use that state’s tax-friendly policies to avoid paying Pennsylvania levies.
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would have Pennsylvania “opt out” of coverage for most abortions under the new federal health care law, as it is allowed to do.
A state House committee has given preliminary approval to a resolution that would authorize a study of how Philadelphia’s share of casino revenues should be spent.
One bill would start the process of amending the state constitution to formally eliminate Traffic Court; another would abolish it in all but name only.
It is the first time a liquor privatization bill has passed either chamber of the legislature. Opponents of the measure, mostly Democrats, predicted doom and gloom if the bill becomes law.
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill to ensure that victims or their representatives have a voice when someone who committed a violent crime against them is up for parole.
Despite misgivings voiced by some state lawmakers, the state House has approved the Actual Value Initiative legislation and Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign it.
The state House as soon as today could send Governor Corbett a bill reforming Pennsylvania’s charter schools law. The state Senate passed the measure last evening.
State House Republican leaders shut down yesterday’s session as Democrats tried to force a vote on a resolution calling for a federal probe of the way the Jerry Sandusky case was handled.
The state Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill that would make it a crime to recruit members of violent crime gangs.
The new assessment system dubbed the Actual Value Initiative (“AVI”) will result in higher assessments, and that means the mayor and City Council will have to lower the millage rate significantly.