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Legislation Could Change Taxation of Vapor Products to Protect Small Businesses

Legislation Could Change Taxation of Vapor Products to Protect Small Businesses

March 9, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) introduced legislation today to change the way Pennsylvania taxes e-cigarette products to help prevent more vapor shops from going out of business.

Media Advisory – Lawmakers to Announce Formation of Nuclear Energy Caucus

Media Advisory - Lawmakers to Announce Formation of Nuclear Energy Caucus

March 8, 2017

Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and John Yudichak (D-14) along with Representatives Becky Corbin (R-155) and Rob Matzie (D-16) will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Capitol Media Center, regarding the formation of a bi-partisan, bi-cameral caucus focusing on Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy resources.

DiSanto Tax Limitation Bill Makes it More Difficult to Raise State Taxes

DiSanto Tax Limitation Bill Makes it More Difficult to Raise State Taxes

March 7, 2017

State Senator John DiSanto (R-15) has introduced legislation to make it more difficult for the General Assembly to raise taxes.

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Senators Aument, Martin Introduce Public Sector Collective Bargaining Transparency Bills

March 6, 2017

Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13) introduced proposals today that would provide transparency to the process of negotiating salary and benefits for government and public school employees.

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Gaming Expansion Joint Hearing

March 3, 2017

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee and House Gaming Oversite Committee - Tuesday, March 7, 2017
 

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News for Constituents

March 3, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) is issuing a reminder for novice motorcyclists and seasoned riders alike that free safety courses are being offered during 2017.

Report paves way to reduce overtime cost at state prisons, save tax dollars, Argall says

Report paves way to reduce overtime cost at state prisons, save tax dollars, Argall says

February 28, 2017

HARRISBURG – A report requested by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) shows the state could save considerable tax dollars on its overtime spending within the Department of Corrections.
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Bartolotta Introduces Tierne’s Law to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

February 27, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) introduced legislation today that would give Pennsylvania judges additional tools to protect victims of domestic violence.

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Senators seek to boost number of welfare investigators in order to crack down on fraud and abuse

February 23, 2017

HARRISBURG – Three senators are advocating for additional investigators within the Office of Inspector General with a sole purpose: find welfare waste, fraud, abuse and misuse.
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Scavello Renews Push to Reduce Littering

February 23, 2017

Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) has re-introduced legislation to reduce littering across Pennsylvania by increasing fines for the offense.

Bartolotta Bill Would Modernize Opioid Addiction Treatment in PA

Bartolotta Bill Would Modernize Opioid Addiction Treatment in PA

February 23, 2017

Patients suffering from opioid addiction would have a broader range of treatment options under legislation introduced today by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
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Bartolotta Bill Would Expand Practice Authority for Nurses

Bartolotta Bill Would Expand Practice Authority for Nurses

February 15, 2017

A bill introduced today by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) would remove unnecessary state regulations that currently prevent Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) from treating patients to the full extent of their education and training.
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Public Hearing

February 14, 2017

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - February 13, 2017
 

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PLANCON COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING IN RED LION

February 10, 2017

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease of public school buildings (commonly known as PlanCon).

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News for Constituents – Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

April 15 falls on a Saturday in 2017 and is followed by Emancipation Day on Monday, April 17, thereby pushing the deadline to file tax returns and submit payments to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Don’t let the extension delay your refund. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue provides a list of frequently asked questions and direct links to answers to your questions for tax year 2016.

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