Crisci Associates, July 22, 2013
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* Corbett Names New Chief Of Staff, Departure Of Legislative Secretary

Gov. Corbett Wednesday named Leslie Gromis Baker to be his new Chief of Staff, replacing Stephen Aichele, and announced the departure of his Secretary of Legislative Affairs Christopher Carusone.

* 2 Weeks Later, The Budget Is Now, Officially, Done

The House Monday voted 103 to 85 to give final approval to the last bill implementing the FY 2013-14 Republican state budget agreement-- Senate Bill 591 (Vulakovich-D-Allegheny)-- the budget-related amendments to the Fiscal Code.

* Pennsylvania Bond Rating Downgraded Due To Lack Of Action On Pensions

Fitch Ratings Wednesday downgraded $10.9 billion in outstanding Pennsylvania general obligation bonds from AA+ to AA citing the “failure to adequately address key fiscal pressures,” including pension reform.

* PA Table Games Revenue Increased 4.2 Percent In June

Revenue from table games play at 11 Pennsylvania casinos was $59.5 million in June 2013, according to a report released Tuesday by the Gaming Control Board. That represented a 4.2 percent increase in revenue from table games during June of this year compared to June of 2012.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state on political topics of interest--

* Session Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills Introduced

The following bill of interest was introduced this week--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate this week--

* House, Senate Democrats Praise Record Performance Of PA Lottery

House and Senate Democratic Caucus leaders said the record sales and profits achieved by the Pennsylvania Lottery in 2012-13 again show the folly of Gov. Tom Corbett’s continued effort to outsource lottery management to a private British firm.

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Governor Appoints David Woods To Gaming Control Board

Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday announced he has appointed David W. Woods to serve as a member of the Gaming Control Board. The board oversees the 11 casinos now operating statewide.

* PA Judiciary To Measure Problem-Solving Court Performance

The Pennsylvania Judiciary is launching a new system across the Commonwealth to track problem-solving court case results that are rehabilitating individuals, making communities safer and saving taxpayer dollars.

* Attorney General Kane Announces Staff Changes

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Thursday announced some key additions to her leadership team. Joseph C. Peters will serve as Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Communications, while Grayling G. Williams will head up the OAG’s newly-formed Office of Professional Responsibility, formerly Internal Affairs.

* Auditor General DePasquale Highlights Six Months Of Progress

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Friday said during his first six months in office he has made progress to better serve taxpayers and bring the Department of Auditor General into the 21st Century by improving technology, reducing expenditures and streamlining the audit process.

* Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Remained At 7.5 Percent In June

Pennsylvania added 19,100 jobs in June and the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.5 percent, according to employment statistics released Friday by the Department of Labor & Industry. This remains the state’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

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