“If I were the speaker (of the Pennsylvania House), I would refer the bill to another committee,” Sen. Daylin Leach said today. “There is no law that requires this to be referred to the state government committee.”
The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.
The group Penn Environment says the decision will give local government more power over where fracking can — and cannot — occur in their communities.
City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.
State representative Brian Simms applauds the governor’s announcement — even if it appears to be a move to gain support for reëlection.
The state House has approved bills that could lead to an amendment to the state Constitution that would reduce the membership of the state House and Senate by about a fourth.
Much of the world views dogs as trusted companions, but in some parts of Asia they are on the menu and considered a common dish or even a delicacy.
And a higher speed limit would be in the offing, too.
SEPTA leaders haven’t given up hope the state House will pass a transportation funding bill this session.
Transportation funding was one of Rendell’s biggest initiatives and biggest frustrations during his eight years as governor.
Josh First, a sportsman and self-described conservative, says if the aim of the bill is to pave the way for natural gas extraction or other business activities, it will not work.
The Pennsylvania House is looking into closing what some consider a loophole in the way hotel occupancy taxes are collected, allowing online travel companies to keep more of the money.
There’s nothing right now that indicates tolling the road is imminent, but Pennsylvania state representative Mike Vereb wants to shut the door before that discussion heats up again.
The governor is urging voters to contact their legislators and make known their desire for passage of a transportation funding bill.
Gov. Corbett said the change allowing doctors to offer condolences will improve the relationship between patients and their health care providers.