It is already the current policy of the state’s Department of Public Welfare to prohibit the use electronic benefits transfer cards for tobacco and alcohol, and to prohibit their use in casinos or adult entertainment establishments.
City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.
Mayor Nutter says he’s concerned that the proposed graduated split in sales tax proceeds would need approval from the state General Assembly.
The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.
A GOP-orchestrated committee hearing on the possible impeachment of state attorney general Kathleen Kane proceeded despite a walkout by Democratic members and staffers.
The Pennsylvania House is banning cash gifts except those from family members or non-lobbyist friends in circumstances where the motivation was clearly personal.
Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.
Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington has been ordered held for trial on charges that she misused her Senate offices to raise money for her campaign.
“I agree with most of your comments on the free market,” Rep. Robert Goshall told an electric industry representative who testified. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked.”
The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill, sponsored by Rep. John Taylor (R-Phila.), which will create a minimum two-year prison sentence for someone who carries an unlicensed gun in Philadelphia.
The state attorney general’s office says that state senator LeAnna Washington, a Democrat who represents portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, has been charged with theft and conflict of interest.
Former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel has been paroled from prison after serving nearly two years on a corruption conviction.
Some have questioned why Pennsylvania Turnpike authorities lifted speed restrictions on the morning of the chain-reaction series of crashes.
“There is not one business in this room that would operate that way,” he told the business leaders.
Rep. Sam Smith, a Republican from Punxsutawney, indicates he will step down at the end of the current session, in November, after four years as speaker.