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  • Pennsylvania court shoots down law allowing NRA to sue over local gun laws

    Pennsylvania court shoots down law allowing NRA to sue over local gun laws
    HARRISBURG — A state court has struck down as illegal a 2014 law that had many communities, including Allentown and Bethlehem, fearful of being sued by the National Rifle Association if they enacted tougher gun laws than allowed by state law.
  • PA Senate passes pension bill amid legal concerns, iffy $18 billion savings

    PA Senate passes pension bill amid legal concerns, iffy $18 billion savings
    HARRISBURG — On a near party-line vote that angered unions, the Republican-controlled Senate approved a pension bill Wednesday that reduces government's share of workers' retirement benefits to save taxpayers $18.2 billion over 30 years. But the...

    File this severance tax idea under 'dead on arrival'

    File this severance tax idea under 'dead on arrival'
    A group of Philadelphia Democratic senators on Friday proposed an 8 percent severance tax on natural gas drillers to go along with the roughly 1.9 percent impact fee they already pay. So that would equate to a cumulative tax of about 10 percent to pay...

    Public Welfare Secretary Goes Under The Budget Microscope.

     
    Pennsylvania Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander ... ...probably wasn’t expecting a cake walk when he appeared before a Senate oversight committee this morning to defend the Corbett administration’s decision to slash state spending...

    Voter ID Bill Headed For Senate Floor.

     
    Legislation that would require Pennsylvania voters to show photo identification evey time they cast a ballot is poised for a vote by the state Senate on Wednesday. This evening, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 15-11 to send an amended version...