Capital Reports

Sen: Bring Back Impairment Rating Evaluations, Post-‘Protz’

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Kim L. Ward, R-Westmoreland, issued a memo declaring her intention to reinstate the impairment rating evaluations process after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court eliminated it in the Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board decision

New Solar Renewable Energy Credit Requirements Proposed

By Victoria Hudgins |

Compensation Limit State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Philadelphia, issued a memo declaring his intention to amend the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act to require solar renewable energy credits to be purchased from within the state.

Senator: Increase Registrar Office's Compensation Limit

By Victoria Hudgins |

Pennsylvania Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-Lehigh, said she will introduce an increased compensation limit for local registrar offices. Boscola said her legislation would up the compensations limit from $60,000 to $85,000.

Lawmaker Says Lifers Should Have Option of Parole

By Victoria Hudgins |

In a recent memorandum, state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, said he would present legislation that would allow those sentenced to life sentences the option to seek parole.

Sens: Pardon Should Trigger Automatic Record Expungement

By Victoria Hudgins |

Governor-approved clemency should trigger simultaneous criminal record expungement, two state senators said in a recent memorandum.

Bill Would Add Natural Gas Responders to Death Benefits Act

By Victoria Hudgins |

Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, stated he plans to reintroduce legislation that would amend the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act to include natural gas responders, providing for a one-time payment to the responder's surviving family member if they die while responding to a natural gas leak or threat.

Senator: No Union Consideration for Public Project Contracts

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, issued a memorandum declaring his intention to introduce legislation that would prohibit "discriminatory project labor agreements."

Rep. Suggests Civil Action, AG Authority Against ‘Patent Trolls’

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery County, said "patent trolls" are targeting Pennsylvania's business owners. In a recent memo, Stephens said he will draft legislation to combat those infringement claims.

Lawmakers: Pa. Needs Another State Constitutional Convention

By Victoria Hudgins |

A Pennsylvania senator and representative have signaled their desire to hold a state constitutional convention, 50 years after the last one.

State Senate Slashes $1M From PPA Funding

By Victoria Hudgins |

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved an amended appropriation to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, portioning $3 million to the agency.

General Assembly Sends ‘Planned Subsidence’ Bill to Wolf

By Victoria Hudgins |

The General Assembly approved SB 624, a bill that would prohibit "planned subsidence" in bituminous coal mining from being considered presumptive evidence that the mining has the potential to cause pollution as defined by the state's Clean Streams Law.

State Rep. Says He Wants to Slash Sales Tax

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Annville, issued a memorandum declaring his intention to introduce a package of bills lowering Pennsylvania’s sales and use tax to 1.9 percent, and to decrease Philadelphia and Allegheny counties' local sales and use taxes as well.

State Senators Propose Education Savings Accounts for Students

By Victoria Hudgins |

Sens. John DiSanto, Joseph B. Scarnati III and John H. Eichelberger Jr. published a memo announcing their plan to create education savings accounts to help students attending low-achieving schools obtain nonpublic schooling.

Proposal Would Mandate Counsel in Civil Forfeiture Actions

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, issued a memorandum declaring his intention to introduce a measure that would guarantee legal representation in certain civil asset forfeiture cases.

House Rejects Higher Penalty, Required E-Filing for Lobbyists

By Victoria Hudgins |

An amendment that would have required lobbyists to electronically file and report expenses and would have doubled the maximum penalty for prohibited actions by lobbyists was nixed 98-101 on June 30 in the House.

Capitol Report

The following is a listing of executive and legislative action for June 30 and the week of July 3. Members of the state House of Representatives were scheduled to return to session on July 7. State senators were set to reconvene on July 8.