Capital Reports

Legalized Sports Gambling May Be Coming to Pa.

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver, presented an amendment to the Pennsylvania consolidated statues that would legalize sports betting in the state.

New Requirements Proposed for Opioid Addiction Treatments

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, introduced SB 428, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, that would impose new requirements on opioid addiction treatment providers.

State House, Senate Special Elections Only on Planned Elections

By Victoria Hudgins |

Sen. Lisa Boscola announced her intention to reintroduce legislation that would require special elections for vacant Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representative seats to be held only during regularly scheduled general and/or primary elections.

Independent Office of Inspector General Proposed

By Victoria Hudgins |

State House Rep. Mindy Fee issued a memo declaring her plans to reintroduce legislation that would make the Office of Inspector General position confined to two six-year terms.

Pa. Senate OKs 20-Week Abortion Ban; Veto Awaits

By Associated Press |

After an emotionally charged and graphic debate, the state Senate approved legislation Feb. 8 that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to ban abortions at 20 weeks and restrict how the vast majority of second-trimester abortions are performed.

Wolf Seeks Cuts, Revenues to Plug $3B Budget Gap

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action from the week of Feb. 6. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to session on March 13. The Pennsylvania Senate is set to return to session on March 20.

New Bill Would Require Disclosure of Property’s Flood History

By Victoria Hudgins |

Pennsylvania senators are mulling a bill that would require a landlord to disclose to any prospective tenant a residential unit's flood history.

School Bus Drivers Could Get OK to Use Epinephrine on Students

By Victoria Hudgins |

The state House of Representatives is considering a bill that could extend emergency epinephrine injector status to school bus drivers.

Lawmakers Introduce Oil and Gas Lease Act Amendment

By Victoria Hudgins |

State senators introduced SB 138 in Harrisburg, which would amend the Oil and Gas Lease Act to clarify the process by which lessors can request payment information from lessees.

Senate Proposes Board for Prisoner Employment

By Victoria Hudgins |

SB 59, if passed, would amend Title 61 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to create the Prison Industry Enhancement Authority—composed of prison and government officials, as well as representatives of local businesses—to approve contracts in which private businesses agree to employ prisoners in correctional facilities.

For Wolf, Next Two Years May Be a Challenge

By Associated Press |

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will head into 2017 with perhaps bigger challenges than his first two years in office.