Capital Reports

Bill Would Change How Township Board Vacancies Are Filled

By Victoria Hudgins |

A House bill would require a vacancy board or a county's court of common pleas to quickly fill any empty seats on a township's board of supervisors.

New Blighted Properties Maintenance Fund Proposed

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House introduced a bill that would create the Municipal Property Maintenance Code Assistance Fund to finance an enforcement entity to "prevent and eradicate blighted property conditions."

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing May Be Coming Back to Pa.

By Victoria Hudgins |

The state House passed a bill that would establish mandatory minimum sentencing for offenses involving firearms, drug sales to minors, impersonating law enforcement, failure of sex offenders to register and offenses committed against infants and the elderly, a well as on public transportation.

Bill Restricts ID'ing Police Involved in Violent Incidents

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House passed a bill that would place restrictions on the release of a law enforcement officer’s name and identifying information following an incident in which force or a firearm was used.

Senator Set to Reintroduce 'Right-to-Work' Bill in Pa.

By Victoria Hudgins |

Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin, is set to reintroduce a bill to make Pennsylvania a "Right-to-Work" state.

House OKs Increase of Tax Credits for Donations to Education

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House passed Bill 250, an amendment to the Public School Code of 1949 that increases the amount businesses can claim as a tax credit after donating to education-based organizations or scholarships.

House OKs Increase of Tax Credits for Donations to Education

The House passed Bill 250, an amendment to the Public School Code of 1949 that increases the amount businesses can claim as a tax credit after donating to education-based organizations or scholarships.

Bill Would Require Response to Auditor General's Office

Following is a listing of executive action from the week of March 6. Members of the state House of Representatives were set to return to session Monday. The Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to reconvene on March 20.

Senator Proposes Auto-Voter Registration

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, issued a memo March 15 declaring his plan to reintroduce a bill that would create an auto-voter registration process in the state.

Rep. Proposes Revamped Oversight of Toll Bridge Commission

By Victoria Hudgins |

State House Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton, is proposing amendments that would grant the Pennsylvania governor veto power and auditing authority over the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Bill Would Require Response to Auditor General’s Office

By Victoria Hudgins |

Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, issued a memo declaring his intention to sponsor legislation requiring a response from agencies audited by the state Auditor General's Office.

Senator Wants to Change Penalty for Falsifying School Residency Requirement

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, issued a memo announcing a proposal to amend the Public School Code to make falsifying residency information so that a child can attend school in another district a summary offense rather than a felony.

Pa. Senate Passes Abortion Bill, but Veto Awaits

By Victoria Hudgins |

The Pennsylvania Senate voted 32-18 for the controversial SB 3 that would make the abortion of an unborn child that is 20 weeks in gestation illegal in Pennsylvania. Currently abortion is legal up to 24 weeks in gestation.

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.