Capital Reports

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Jan. 19

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Jan. 19. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session Jan. 26.

Senate Panel OKs Bills Aimed at Protecting Lessors of Gas Land

By John L. Kennedy |

In the first action of the new legislative session, the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved three bills, with no negative votes, that would protect landowners leasing property to natural gas drillers.

Public Pension Reform Legislation to Be Reintroduced

By John L. Kennedy |

State Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Montgomery, announced he will reintroduce legislation in the state House of Representatives to reform the pension systems for the state workers and public school teachers.

Harrisburg Capitol Building

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Jan. 12, 2015

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of Jan. 12. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session Jan. 20.

Harrisburg Capitol Building

Municipal Pension Systems in Crisis, Auditor General Says

By John L. Kennedy |

State-level pensions aren't the only ones putting a strain on public finances. The cost of municipal pensions in Pennsylvania are rapidly getting out of hand, according to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. A report released by DePasquale showed that the unfunded liability of the state's municipal pensions systems grew to $7.7 billion, a $1 billion increase over just two years.

Harrisburg Capitol Building

Bill Would Eliminate Crimes Code Carve-out in Labor Disputes

By John L. Kennedy |

Legislation that died with the end of last session that would strike a carve-out in the Crimes Code for certain activities during labor disputes will be re-introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York.

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Jan. 5

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Jan. 5. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to voting session on Jan. 20.

To Work, New Political Lineup Will Require Compromise, Observers Say

By John L. Kennedy |

The two-year General Assembly session began with swearing-in ceremonies in Harrisburg on Jan. 6. Observers say the new session might be one of the most politically dynamic ever.

Legislature Not Likely to Pass Bills Before Wolf Takes Office

By John L. Kennedy |

The prospect of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature reconvening its new session before Democrat Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office has diminished.

Executive and Judiciary Action for Week of Dec. 29

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and judiciary action for the week of Dec. 29, 2014. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to Harrisburg today for swearing in for the 2015-16 session.

Bill Closing DUI Loophole Takes Effect

By John L. Kennedy |

A law took effect last week that would require a conviction for a first DUI offense before conviction and sentencing for a second offense.

EPA Approves Pennsylvania Water Report

By John L. Kennedy |

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pennsylvania's report on the quality of the state's streams, lakes, rivers and other waterways.