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The Pennsylvania Legislature News

Senate President Scarnati vows to oppose Supreme Court's congressional redistricting order

HARRISBURG – State Senate President Joseph Scarnati, believes the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania unconstitutionally usurped authority from the Legislature in its recent orders to re-draw the state’s map of 18 congressional districts – and therefore, says he won’t comply with them.

Lawmaker: Freeing nurse practitioners of work constraints will help health care across state; FTC also on board

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jesse Topper (R-78) believes a bill he introduced that would allow nurse practitioners to bring their services to more “underserved areas” in Pennsylvania is “the right thing for the people of Pennsylvania, the right thing for health care across the state.”

Asbestos attorney Benjamin Shein finds himself in the dock

When first targeted by asbestos lawyers, Garlock Sealing Technologies accepted its victim role and strove to accommodate the predators. When it later changed tactics and started fighting back instead, the bullies with briefs turned into snowflakes.

New bill would make gun owners protected class under state human rights act

Pennsylvania is considering making gun owners a protected class of citizens with proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA).

Kampf pushes for bill targeting 'fraud' in asbestos system

HARRISBURG – Hoping to drum up support for a bill that seeks to reform the way asbestos lawsuits proceed, Rep. Warren Kampf spoke May 9 to a crowd of fellow lawmakers about what he feels is an ongoing fraud in the legal system.

Pension de-risking bill seeks to provide ERISA protections to pension funds

PENNSYLVANIA — A proposed bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would offer protections to some retirement plans similar to those offered by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

A misguided view of whistleblower laws

The view of the Taxpayer Protection Against Fraud Act portrayed in the Pennsylvania Record on March 21 is badly misguided.

False Claims Act encourages false claims

It's back! The Taxpayer Protection Against Fraud Act will be introduced in the General Assembly again this year, this time by Democratic Rep. Brandon Neuman.

False Claims Act bill to be introduced again; Sponsor confident in passage - if he can get it to a vote

HARRISBURG – A staple of recent annual legislature sessions has been the introduction of a state equivalent to the federal False Claims Act (FCA), and one Pennsylvania congressman has said he plans to soon bring such a bill back to the floor for consideration. But opinions remain divided on the effectiveness of that legislation to benefit the state.

Pennsylvania enacts 'Netflix tax' to boost state revenue and combat effect of 'cord-cutting'

HARRISBURG – In efforts to dodge cable company prices and avoid paying for hundreds of unwanted channels, millions of Americans (now called “cord-cutters”) have opted out of a traditional cable subscription in exchange for a self-selected combination of video-streaming services, including Netflix and others.

Voters OK increase in judicial mandatory retirement age

HARRISBURG – After a protracted legal battle regarding the proper wording of a ballot question related to the mandatory retirement age for judges in Pennsylvania, voters in the commonwealth narrowly passed an increase in the retirement age to 75 from 70.

Attorney: Bill increasing police body cams shouldn't limit access to records

HARRISBURG – The state Legislature will need to walk a fine line in a controversial measure that would have more police officers wear body cams but would sharply reduce public access to the resulting video, a government transparency expert says. 

Reduction in divorce waiting period aimed at ending conflict for children, families

HARRISBURG – For J. Paul Helvy, the chairman of the Family Law Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLS and the immediate past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the fight for a reduction in the divorce waiting period in the state was primarily about children and the overall well-being of families.