Capitol Report

Recent Action

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Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of Jan. 20. Members of the General Assembly were set to return to session Jan. 27.

Executive Action

• Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Russell Bono of Norristown, Pa., for Montgomery County sheriff. Bono has served as chief of police of Norristown for 15 years. He is also a former public safety director, police captain, acting police lieutenant and police sergeant for Norristown.

• Corbett announced his budget will include a $2.2 million increase in funding for domestic violence and rape crisis services, money advocates said has been sorely needed for some time. He is set to deliver his budget address Feb. 4.

Electric Competition

Pennsylvania ranks second for its competitive electricity market and the number of consumers switched to suppliers, behind only Texas, according to the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS), the Public Utility Commission announced.

Pennsylvania ranked third overall and second in the United States in the ABACCUS report for residential electricity choice, and fourth for commercial and industrial electric shopping. As of Jan. 15, more than 2.2 million Pennsylvania electricity customers (or 38.9 percent) had switched to an electric supplier.

Legislative Action

• A resolution introduced in the state House of Representatives by state Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Westmoreland, calls on the U.S. Senate to oppose President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile as the next assistant attorney general for the civil rights division of the Department of Justice.

Adegbile was previously president of the NAACP legal defense fund and led the organization when it volunteered to represent and work to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, a radical activist who was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

• HB 1951 would prevent noncompliant Megan's Law sex offenders from receiving welfare benefits in Pennsylvania. The sponsor of the measure, state Rep. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland, said it is designed not only to encourage compliance but to better direct welfare resources to those who are truly in need.

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