Capital Reports

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Aug. 17

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Aug. 17. Members of the state House of Representatives were scheduled to return to session Aug. 24; Senate members are scheduled to return Sept. 20.

Wolf Administration Releases Rail Safety Report

By John L. Kennedy |

The Wolf administration released a report on rail transportation of crude oil that included 27 new safety recommendations.

GOP Offer a Sign of Progress on Budget Impasse?

By John L. Kennedy |

Gov. Tom Wolf last week used the word "good" in a response to an education funding offer from Republican legislative leaders in what may be the first sign of real progress in the seven-week budget impasse.

Legislative and Executive Action for Week of Aug. 10

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of Aug. 10. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to session Aug. 24; Senate members are scheduled to return Sept. 20.

Wolf, Lawmakers Restart Talk to Break Budget Impasse

By John L. Kennedy |

Gov. Tom Wolf and members of the General Assembly met last Wednesday—and were scheduled to meet again Thursday—to seek a breakthrough on budget negotiations.

Pa. Backs New U.S. Carbon Rules as Other States Eye Challenge

By John L. Kennedy |

Gov. Tom Wolf released a statement last week supporting President Obama's announcement of his final rule that slashes carbon emissions at power plants, his Clean Power Plan.

Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Action for Week of Aug. 3

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive, legislative and judiciary action for the week of Aug. 3. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to session Aug. 24; state Senate members are set to return Sept. 21.

Municipal Pensions Prompt Bipartisan Effort

By John L. Kennedy |

With a Democratic governor and Republican General Assembly still at odds over a state budget, Harrisburg has rarely seemed so hopelessly bipartisan. But on one issue, municipal pension reform, key Republican and Democratic officials do agree that something has to be done.

PUC to Study Newly Proposed EPA Emission Rules

By John L. Kennedy |

Gladys M. Brown, chair of the Public Utility Commission, said the PUC will evaluate the impact on both Pennsylvania's utilities and consumers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which President Obama recently unveiled.

Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Action for Week of July 27

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive, legislative and judiciary action for the week of July 27. State Senate members are set to return to session Sept. 20; state House of Representatives members are set to return Aug. 27.

Asbestos-Action Disclosure Bill Introduced in House

By John L. Kennedy |

Legislation that would require plaintiffs attorneys in asbestos cases to disclose all actions on a client's behalf has been introduced in the state House of Representatives by Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester.

DNA Sample Requirement Is Approved by Senate

By John L. Kennedy |

For the third straight session, the state Senate has sent the state House of Representatives legislation that would require anyone arrested for what the bill's sponsor calls a "serious" offense to submit a DNA sample. Similar legislation has died in the House with the end of the prior two sessions.

Legislative and Executive Action for Week of July 20

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of July 20. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to action Sept. 21.

Budget Discussions Carry on in Harrisburg

By John L. Kennedy |

For the first time, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf said a budget meeting, held last Tuesday, was productive.

Top Lawmakers Ask AG to Investigate Planned Parenthood

By John L. Kennedy |

In a letter, the top two state lawmakers asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate Planned Parenthood given the release of a video showing the group's medical director discussing procedures for providing researchers with the body parts of aborted fetuses.

Legislative and Executive Action for Week of July 13

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of July 13. Members of the House of Representatives were set to return to session July 20; members of the Senate are scheduled to return Sept. 21.

Budget Standoff Continues in Harrisburg

By John L. Kennedy |

Two weeks into the budget standoff in Harrisburg, Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are resorting to public accusations as to the motivations of the other side.

Legislation Targeting Local Gun Ordinances Coming Back

By John L. Kennedy |

Legislation permitting legal action against local governments that approve gun-control ordinances stricter than state law will be back after the Commonwealth Court last month ruled the law unconstitutional.

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of July 6

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of July 6. Senate members were set to return to session Monday. House members are at the call of the chair.

Wolf, GOP Leaders Continue to Wrangle Over Budget

By John L. Kennedy |

In some ways, the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are no closer to a budget agreement than when the governor first unveiled his spending plan in early March.

More Local Pension Plans Eyed by Auditor General

By John L. Kennedy |

Eddystone Borough and Nether Providence Township, both in Delaware County, are the two most recent examples of local pension systems gone awry. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale used the two in his now almost monthly plea for the General Assembly to act to avert a full-blown financial crisis on the local government level.

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of June 29

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of June 29. Members of the General Assembly will return when called back by legislative leaders.

Budget Negotiations Begin, Again

By John L. Kennedy |

Gov. Tom Wolf followed through on his promise when last week he vetoed the entire state budget approved by the General Assembly just a day before the end of the fiscal year.

General Assembly Approves Liquor Privatization Bill

For the first time ever, both the state House of Representatives and Senate last week approved legislation that would start to get the state out of the liquor and wine business. Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto the bill, but Republican lawmakers will continue to push for some level of liquor privatization as budget talks continue.

Executive and Regulatory Action for Week of June 22

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and regulatory action for the week of June 22. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session June 29.

Senate Panel OKs Liability Limit for Gas Drillers

By John L. Kennedy |

Legislation that would limit liability for oil and natural gas drillers using coal mine water that has been treated cleared the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Public Contract Cost-Analysis Bill Approved by House Cmte.

By John L. Kennedy |

Legislation that would require a state fiscal office to determine the cost of public-sector contracts before they take effect cleared the state House of Representatives State Government Committee. The bill, SB 644, has already won approval in the state Senate.

Executive and Legislative Activity for Week of June 15

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative activity for the week of June 15. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session June 22.

Budget Negotiators in Harrisburg Agree on Size of Deficit

By John L. Kennedy |

Just agreeing on the size of the deficit for the next fiscal year is progress in budget negotiations between the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Legislative and Executive Action for Week of April 6

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of April 6. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session April 13.