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.
A Montgomery County lawmaker is pushing legislation designed to take guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them by putting them behind bars for a longer period of time.
A bill to expand the use of red light cameras to catch traffic violators in Pennsylvania is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai has caused a stir with remarks about the controversial, recently-enacted voter photo ID law.
The state House has recessed for the week without a much-anticipated vote on privatizing the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania.
The sponsor of the bill, House Judiciary Chairman Ron Marsico, a Harrisburg-area Republican, says the last time Pennsylvania’s wiretap law was updated was 1998.
“There are more than 2,500 communities in Pennsylvania, but only one of them can use this technology?”
The House Monday night began debating the proposal by Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, that would give Pennsylvania beer distributors right of first refusal for 1,600 retail licenses for wine and spirits sales that would be available.
The state House majority leader is promising a historic vote this week on one of the most controversial issues of the past several decades: a proposal to have private business sell liquor in Pennsylvania.