Alloway Re-Introduces Legislation To Expand Self-Defense Law

HARRISBURG — Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33) re-introduced legislation today that would expand the Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania to protect gun owners who act in self-defense. Alloway’s bill (SB273) would remove the “duty to retreat” clause when an individual is threatened by an attacker in any place that individual has a right to be, including […]

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Senate Majority Policy Committee Examines Local Impacts Of Marcellus Shale Drilling

HARRISBURG — The Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Ted Erickson (R-26), held a public hearing Wednesday exploring the local impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. The committee discussed issues that communities must address when dealing with the impact of drilling. Testifiers included county government officials, statewide local government organizations, county conservation districts, emergency management […]

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Browne, Briggs Introduce Proposed Safety In Youth Sports Act

HARRISBURG — State Sen. Pat Browne and State Rep. Tim Briggs today held a joint media event with the National Football League at the Capitol to announce the introduction of their proposed Safety in Youth Sports Act. Legislation will be introduced in both the state House and Senate to better manage concussions in youth sports […]

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A Raft Of Challenges For New Pennsylvania House Leader

Philadelphia Inquirer His name is not yet etched into the mahogany panels of the door of the state House leader’s office. But Rep. Mike Turzai, 51, a former Allegheny County prosecutor who is to be sworn in Tuesday as the new majority leader of the House of Representatives, is already laying out his strategy for […]

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Pa. Legislature To Swear In 32 Freshmen On Tuesday

Associated Press Nearly three dozen newly minted lawmakers are about to be sworn in as members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.Thirty-two first-term legislators will be sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg. Twenty-one Republicans are joining the state House along with eight Democrats. Click here to read the full story.

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GOP To Give Up State Fleet Cars, Pay On Health Coverage

Brad Bumsted The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Republicans who will control the state House in January neared agreement yesterday on a plan to give up state fleet cars, pay toward their health care benefits, and curb per diem abuses.Lawmakers said it’s a sign they’re ready to work with Gov.-elect Tom Corbett, the Shaler Republican who campaigned to […]

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State House Republicans Propose To Trim Perks, Ban State Fleet Cars

Brad Bumsted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Republican House members who will control the chamber in January have come to a consensus to give up state fleet cars, pay toward their own health care benefits, and curb per diem abuses, lawmakers said today.It’s a move to work with incoming Gov.-elect Tom Corbett, the Shaler Republican who campaigned to […]

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Newly Elected State Lawmaker Touts Fiscal Conservatism

Margaret Smykla Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A first-time fiscal conservative running for state office at a time when voters are railing against incumbents is bound to attract notice, and in the state’s 56th District, it resulted in a big change. “Residents told me they were tired of ‘business as usual’ in Harrisburg, that the system was broken […]

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House GOP: No Lame-Duck Slots Awards

Mike Wereschagin Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Some House Republicans want the state Gaming Control Board to hold off on awarding its last slots licenses until incoming leaders in Harrisburg appoint new board members. The board, however, is trying to award the last resort casino license, known as a Category 3 license, by Jan. 6, two days after […]

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New Lawmaker Evankovich Works To Perfect His Juggling Act

Daveen Rae Kurutz Pittsburgh Tribune-Review While handling the obligations of family, work, farming and campaigning, Eli Evankovich became a pretty good juggler this summer. And, if anything, winning a term in the state House of Representatives has added a few more balls for the 27-year-old Republican to keep in the air. Earlier this month, Evankovich […]

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