State government still has some catching up to do when it comes to the most efficient and up-to-date methods for storing its records. Sen. Matt Smith’s bill authorizes the use of optical imaging, an electronic scanning and storage process, for the preservation of Pennsylvania’s court records.
(VIDEO) Many commuters in the Philadelphia area rely the on the bus, subway, trolley, and train system of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to get to work in and around Pennsylvania’s largest city. SEPTA’s General Manager, Joseph Casey, recently made a trip to the Capitol to impress on lawmakers the importance of state funding to help with overdue maintenance.
Back in February, Governor Corbett announced his plan to move new state hires into a defined contribution plan, similar to that of a 401(k) plan. Earlier this month, the governor’s plans took on life in the legislature in the form of House and Senate bills that reflect the administration’s plans for changing the state pension [...]
(VIDEO) Jack McVay, Democrat for PA Superior Court, has been a judge on the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas since 2007. His opponent in this month’s primary, Joseph Waters, got the endorsement of the Democratic State Committee, but McVay may have evened the score by earning the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
(VIDEO) As a Republican, Vic Stabile is unopposed in the May 21 primary for the seat that’s open on Superior Court. He’s a former state deputy attorney general with thirty years of trial and appellate experience.
(VIDEO) The latest effort in Washington to address gun violence went down in defeat last month. Lawmakers came up with a plan that called for background checks to be done on gun purchases at gun shows and online. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey had co-written the bill. “There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted done,” Toomey said after the defeat, ” just because the president wanted to do it.”
(VIDEO) Selling the state stores accomplishes one of Gov. Corbett’s goals – getting Pennsylvania out of the business of selling liquor. The possible societal consequences of selling the liquor stores to private industry is put forward by Deb Beck, President of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA.
(VIDEO) Should taxpayers fund a procedure they view as morally or religiously wrong? Under Rep. Donna Oberlander’s bill, PA can opt out of insurance coverage of abortions.
(VIDEO) Matthew Knittel is the first-ever director of the Independent Fiscal Office. His office is a counterpoint of sorts for the revenue numbers that emanate from the governor’s office. Before Mr. Knittel started his work, lawmakers had to depend on the governor for revenue figures when it was time to deliberate the budget. The IFO just put out its initial report for revenue collection at the beginning of May.
(VIDEO) Rep. Stan Saylor, Republican from York and Majority Whip, is sponsoring two bills in a package of legislation that creates incentives to buy and use vehicles that use natural gas as fuel. One of his bills creates a tax credit for private fleets of natural gas vehicles, and the other awards grants for businesses to buy them.
(VIDEO) The Harrisburg School District has serious problems: massive debt, a low graduation rate, low proficiency in math and reading, and the loss of hundreds of teachers. Gene Veno and his committee of educators and residents started work on a plan to restore long-term solvency to the troubled district back in January. Mr. Veno updates viewers on the final report that just came out on April 26th.
(VIDEO) Filmmakers are like anybody else in business. They want to save money. If they shoot in Pennsylvania, eligible filmmakers can get a tax break from the state’s Film Tax Credit program. Lawmakers say it creates jobs and raises revenue. Ashley Edwards is a student at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Chief Editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy. A report she wrote on the Film Tax Credit suggests the program doesn’t amount to a net gain for Pennsylvania.
(VIDEO) Ever since the Jerry Sandusky scandal, a lot of attention has been paid to child abuse prevention. Rep. Rozzi says a lot of child predators have escaped prosecution because the statute of limitations has put up a wall between them and justice. His amendment would open up a two-year window for victims to file civil charges in cases where the statute of limitations has expired.
(VIDEO) If you’re a PA state judge or justice, you have to retire at the age of 70. That’s the law. It was upheld by the PA and U.S. Supreme Courts more than twenty years ago. Back then, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor noted that sometimes with age came diminished physical and mental capacity. Rep. Kate Harper thinks that’s out of date. She introduced a bill that raises the mandatory retirement age for PA judges and justices to age 75.
(VIDEO) A state health care center is a place to go for uninsured and under-insured Pennsylvanians to get vaccinations or screened for disease. Of the sixty health care centers statewide, Governor Corbett wants to close twenty-six of them. He says some of them only see one walk-in patient per week. Union representative Kevin Hefty disputes the administration’s figures, and has joined forces with lawmakers to sue the governor claiming that the law doesn’t allow him to carry out his plan.