May 7, 2007
PDF Version - PA Capitol Digest 5/7/07
* Ethics Panel Rules Against Rendell Nominees, Senate Schedules “Reform Week”
The state Ethics Commission ruled unanimously this week that grants awarded to non-profit groups that ended up employing the spouses of DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty and DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis were a conflict of interest under state law, if they happened in the future.
* Political News/Clips
Here is a collection of NewsClips from around the state on political and legislative issues…
* On the Senate, House Agenda
The Senate and House return to voting session May 7. Here’s what’s on the agenda…
* Senate/House Bills Moving
These bills moved in the Senate and House this week…
* Bills Introduced
Here are some key bills introduced this week…
* Wiessmann Confirmed, Sworn In as State Treasurer
The Senate this week unanimously confirmed Robin Wiessmann to serve as State Treasurer for the rest of the term of former Treasurer Robert P. Casey, Jr., who was elected to the U.S. Senate last fall.
* Campus Safety is Focus of Senate Hearing
During a public hearing this week, members of the Senate Education Committee questioned higher education officials about the status of their campus security plans and encouraged them to continue to share information with one another about any improvements needed to make their campuses as safe as possible.
* Wansacz Bill Would Regulate Payments to Nursing Homes
Rep. Jim Wansacz (D-Lackawanna) introduced legislation this week—House Bill 1162-- to require the Department of Public Welfare to set state payments to nursing homes by regulation to allow more public input into the process.
* Weeks Ahead
Upcoming events, meetings and hearings on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.
* Revenue Department Says April Tax Collections Down 1.2 Percent
The Department of Revenue this week reported the state collected $3.4 billion in General Fund revenue in April, which was $42.7 million, or 1.2 percent, less than anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $22.8 billion, which is $207.8 million, or 0.9 percent, above estimate.
* Gaming Revenues Total $397 Million So Far
The Department of Revenue this week announced the Gaming Fund received $26.6 million in unrestricted revenues for April. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund total $397.7 million.
* Gaming Board to Award $5 Million in Grants to Local Law Enforcement Agencies
The Gaming Control Board this week announced that local law enforcement agencies will soon be able to apply for grants to enforce and prevent the unlawful operation of slot machines.
* Horsemen Seek to Block Philadelphia Park’s Efforts to Change Casino Plan
The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association this week filed its official opposition to the proposal by Greenwood Gaming, the owner of Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack, to have its temporary facility deemed permanent by the Gaming Control Board.
* Winning Schools Announced In Governor’s Fitness Challenge
Three schools are $5,000 richer for having participated in the first-ever Governor's Fitness Challenge. More than 300 schools competed in the contest and, since January, compiled 6,617,703 miles worth of activity – which is the equivalent of walking 250 times around the world.
* Quick Clips
A sampling of NewsClips on Death Penalty, Smoking Ban, Gun Registry, Illegal Immigration
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