“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.
For the second time in six months, the panel that redraws state House and Senate districts has given final approval to a new map.
The state House has passed a bill that would regulate so-called “payday” loans over the objections of members who say the legislation will make the problem worse.
The status of the Philadelphia casino license formerly held by Foxwoods is in limbo now that the Senate majority leader is signaling that the legislature will not decide the future of the license anytime soon.
Republican Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County, the sponsor of the legislation, says funding for women’s health services would not be reduced, but reallocated. “Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize abortionists and their facilities.”
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would create tougher penalties for convicted felons who are caught carrying guns.
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would have Pennsylvania join several other states that extend sales tax exemptions to airplane purchases and maintenance costs.
Despite optimism from the chairman of the state House Transportation Committee, the prospects for legislation that will extend Philadelphia’s red light camera program remain in doubt.
The state House could take a final vote as soon as today on a bill that would open up the former Foxwoods casino license to statewide competition. Debate on the measure began yesterday.
The proposal to reduce the size of the state House by about a fourth comes from the speaker himself, Republican Sam Smith. He says the idea is to make the House more efficient and is not partisan.
The spokesman for the state House majority leader says the chamber will likely tackle the issue of privatizing liquor sales later this spring.
The Virginia Senate this week approved a bill that will require women to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. But it appears that a similar bill in the Pennsylvania House won’t be getting a vote anytime soon.
The Pennsylvania House and Senate could vote as soon as today on a compromise bill to regulate and impose fees on the natural gas drilling industry in the state.