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Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Legislative News | 0 comments

Governor Wolf Signs Bills; Vetoes Two

Pennsylvania lawmakers have recessed for the summer after sending a flurry of bills to Governor Wolf’s desk. Here is a look at some of the noteworthy bills signed into law by the governor: Agriculture Senate Bill 478, which creates a beginning farmer tax credit. Senate Bill 585, which establishes the Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission and provides for it powers and duties. Education Senate Bill 144, which establishes the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program. The program awards grants to intermediate units for the purchase of telepresence equipment for educating homebound students. It also includes provisions concerning school safety and security. Senate Bill 440, which allows schools to provide flexible instruction days, also referred to as “cyber snow days.” Senate Bill 621, which clarifies existing law to mandate explicit and more robust training requirements for armed school security personnel and further prevent the arming of untrained non-security personnel, including teachers. Click HERE to view Governor Wolf’s signing statement. Senate Bill 700, establishes the legislative Higher Education Funding Commission; updates the PlanCon program which reimburses school districts for...

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Legislative News | 0 comments

PA Budget Update: Governor Wolf Approves Budget Package Before June 30 Deadline

A nearly $34-billion state budget package was sent to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk ahead of schedule. The compromise budget plan boosts aid to public schools and universities, makes another investment in school security, bolsters the state’s agricultural industry, provides dollars for new voting machines, holds the line on taxes, and puts cash into reserve. It does not increase tax rates on sales or income, the state’s two biggest sources of revenue, and deposits nearly $300 million into the state’s so-called rainy day fund, for the first time in years. While the budget is touted as a 1.8 percent increase in spending compared to the current year, conservative groups say the spending increase is much higher than that when compared to what lawmakers approved a year ago, before adding supplementals and transfers.   The spending plan includes $160 million more in funding for K-12 education, an additional $50 million for special education, $60 million for School Safety grants, an additional $10 million in support of career and technical education, $25...

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Legislative News | 0 comments

Fall 2019 Legislative Session Schedule

The Pennsylvania State House has announced its 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Session Schedules and the Pennsylvania State Senate has announced its 2019 Fall Session Schedule. 2019 SENATE FALL SESSION SCHEDULE September       23, 24, 25 October            21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 November        18, 19, 20 December        16, 17, 18 2020 SENATE SPRING SESSION SCHEDULE **To be determined** 2019 HOUSE FALL SESSION SCHEDULE September       17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 October            21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 November        12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 December        9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 2020 HOUSE SPRING SESSION SCHEDULE January             7 (non-voting), 13, 14, 15, 21, 22 February           3, 4, 5 March                16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 April                   6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16 May                    4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19,...

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Legislative News | 0 comments

2018 FALL LEGISLATIVE SESSION SCHEDULES

Lawmakers are back in their home districts gearing up for the looming general election. All 203 state House members and half of the state Senate (25 seats – even numbered district seats) are on the November ballot along with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. The House will return to Harrisburg the week of September 12 and Senate, the week of September 24. There will be limited voting session days this fall – 9 in the Senate and 10 in the House. 2018 FALL LEGISLATIVE SESSION SCHEDULES SENATE FALL SESSION SCHEDULE September      24, 25, 26 October           1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17 November       14 HOUSE FALL SESSION SCHEDULE September      12, 13, 24, 25, 26 October           1 (Non-Voting), 2 (Non-Voting), 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17 November       13...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Legislative News | 0 comments

2018 Spring Session Schedule

The Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives have announced their 2018 Spring Session Schedules. Lawmakers are scheduled to be in session for one more week in December and then will return to regular voting session the week of January 22.  The Pennsylvania Legislature – as required by the state constitution – convenes at noon on the first Tuesday of January and then meets regularly throughout the year. 2018 SENATE SESSION SCHEDULE January           2, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 February         5, 6, 7 March             19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 April                16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 May                 1, 2, 21, 22, 23 June                 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 2018 HOUSE SESSION SCHEDULE January          2 (non-voting), 22, 23, 24 February        5, 6, 7 March            12, 13, 14 April               9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30 May                1, 2, 22, 23 June                4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,...

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