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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Budget Signed, Governor Challenges Legislature on Pension Reform

Governor Tom Corbett finally signed the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget, but not without sending a message to legislators by vetoing $72.2 million in funding earmarked for the Senate and House which included $65 million in their general appropriations and $7.2 million in legislatively designated spending.

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Budget Deal Included Changes to Drilling Regulations, Lawsuits Continue

With Corbett’s approval of the budget and fiscal code bills, the state Department of Environmental Protection will need to reevaluate its yet-to-be-finalized two-year overhaul of drilling regulations.

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EPA Proposes to Replace and Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

The EPA is proposing to prohibit the use of certain chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change where safer, more climate-friendly alternatives exist. This is the agency’s second action aimed at reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

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Questions Remain on Budget, Fiscal Code, Other Issues

Three days into the new fiscal year, the governor has yet to decide if he will sign the budget that passed June 30. The General Assembly has still not finalized the Fiscal Code. The State Senate has to decide if it will accept the changes the House made in that bill which reportedly were not part of the agreement between GOP leaders. Liquor reform amazingly is still being discussed, and pension reform appears to have been punted into football season despite pleas by the Governor to “get ‘er done.”

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Bill Seeking Control over EPA Clean Power Implementation Passes House

The House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 2354 by a vote of 144-59. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene) and Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) requires the General Assembly to approve the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s plan to implement federal Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations for power plants.

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Senate Committee Holds Public Hearing on EPA Carbon Pollution Plan

The State Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last Friday held the first of two public hearings to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon pollution from nationwide power plants by 30 percent in 2030, compared to 2005 levels.

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