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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Budget Crunch around the Corner

Primary election week and Memorial Day holiday are traditionally “break weeks” for the General Assembly, and this year was no different. With legislators taking a break from session for the Primary Election and the Memorial Day holiday, this past week, things have been fairly quiet in the state Capitol.


PA Supreme Court Upholds Dunham Rule on Mineral Rights

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled on Butler v Powers, a case with big consequences for the natural gas industry. The Court was tasked with determining whether or not natural gas rights should be part of the broader concept of “mineral rights” in Pennsylvania.


Agriculture Committees Approve Farm Bill Drafts – House Cuts Energy Programs

Both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees gave approval last week to their respective versions of a five-year farm bill, setting the stage for a vote in the full Senate and House on the measures soon. The current extension expires in September.


Hanger Pushes Environment Agenda Platform through Gubernatorial Campaign

Former DEP Secretary John Hanger is campaigning to be on the Democrat ticket for governor of Pennsylvania. Recently he released his plans to protect and restore the state’s environment, create jobs and grow the economy.