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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Legislature Returns, House Prepares for Transportation Funding Showdown

The House and Senate returned for fall session this week, and on Monday, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said he planned to call for a straight up-or-down vote on Senate Bill 1, the $2.5 billion transportation funding plan passed by the Senate last spring.


Corbett Nominates Agency Heads for DEP, DCNR

Governor Corbett has nominated E. Christopher Abruzzo as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, and Ellen M. Ferretti as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Senate Committee “Strongly” Recommends Brown for PUC Post

The Senate Consumer Affairs and Professional Licensure Committee on Tuesday “strongly” recommended Gladys J. Brown of Harrisburg to the full Senate for her nomination to the PA Public Utility Commission (PUC).


Top Issues Remain Going into Fall Session

The state legislature returns to the capitol city on September 23 for the first of eight scheduled weeks of the fall legislative session. Top issues that were not resolved prior to summer recess will continue to simmer in the legislature and Corbett administration until agreements can be reached.


Attorney General Files Criminal Charges Against Shale Driller

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to prosecute a major Marcellus Shale natural-gas driller for a 2010 wastewater spill on Tuesday has taken over headlines throughout the state this week.


Rural Energy Programs Up for Renewal: Reauthorization with Mandatory Funding Needed

The current Farm Bill extension expires September 30, and funding for most programs in the 2008 Farm Bill Energy Title ran out long ago – but not all. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced funding for hundreds of new projects across the country to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). New reports document the importance of energy efficiency programs for rural homes and businesses. Will Congress reauthorize and fund sensible, successful, effective, win-win programs like these?