HARRISBURG – A state budget meeting between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders is over less than a half-hour after it began. The Democratic governor met behind closed doors with senior lawmakers today to chart a direction for talks now that he’s vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan. The two sides agreed to have staff aides meet again on Monday. Wolf told attendees that he’s still considering the liquor privatization and public-sector pension change bills that are on his desk.
Wolf hasn’t said whether he’ll veto them, too.
HARRISBURG(AP) – The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is suing the operator of 36 nursing homes in the state, saying the facilities’ staff failed to meet residents’ most basic human needs.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed the 101-page court complaint today and encouraged others with complaints about Golden Living facilities to contact her office. The court complaint names 14 Golden Living centers, located in various parts of PA.
HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf today signed a bill aimed at clarifying recent changes made to the Child Protective Services Law. House Bill 1276 revises last December’s enactment by creating additional definitions to clarify who needs to obtain clearances for working or volunteering in programs that supervise children. These amendments will make it easier for high school students to engage in workplace learning experiences. The bill also pushes back the date for which volunteers are required to begin getting clearances from July 1, 2015 to August 25. On June 10, Governor Wolf announced fee waivers for volunteers seeking background checks.
HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf says he hopes a meeting with legislative leaders at his Capitol office this afternoon at 2 can get them negotiating again on a state budget. Wolf vetoed the spending plan pushed through by Republican lawmakers — the first veto of a full budget in the state in decades. The budget proposal boosted spending by about $1.1 billion, including more money for education, and did not raise taxes. Republicans called it a good proposal.
GOV. TOM WOLF
HARRISBURG – Legislation legalizing the sale of consumer fireworks in Pennsylvania will soon be introduced in the state Senate, according to Beaver County Sen. Elder Vogel, who is sponsoring the bill. Currently, the sale of novelty fireworks, such as sparklers and party poppers, is legal to Pennsylvania residents. Consumer fireworks, such as Roman candles, bottle rockets, and mortars, can only be purchased by non-residents. The bill would permit Pennsylvanians to purchase and use Class C fireworks under parameters set forth in the legislation. The bill would also set parameters as to when fireworks can be displayed. The proposal would generate additional revenue for the Commonwealth. In addition to the state’s current 6% sales tax, the measure would also authorize an additional excise tax on the sale, which is to be directed to fund fire programs and EMS providers.
SEN. ELDER VOGEL
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would give county commissioners a key tool to further promote local tourism has passed the PA House. House Bill 794 would give many Pennsylvania counties, including York, the option to increase their maximum hotel room tax from 3% to 5%. Bill sponsor, York County Rep. Keith Gillespie said his measure will fill a funding gap and bring York County in line with its Adams, Dauphin, and Lancaster County neighbors, who’s hotel room tax rate is already at 5%. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
REP. KEITH GILLESPIE
PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak has restored Keystone Service between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Trains were running late between Philadelphia and Washington. Passengers should be prepared for possible delays throughout the day. Service was temporarily suspended this morning because of severe storms that downed trees and power lines along the tracks. Amtrak says crews are assessing the damage and making repairs to restore service.
DOVER, DE (AP) – Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation allowing certain people living in the U.S. illegally to gain driving privileges in Delaware. Markell signed the bill shortly after it passed the House. It takes effect in six months. The measure allows driving privilege cards to be issued to those who are in the country illegally and who have filed Delaware state income tax returns for the preceding two years, or who have lived in Delaware and been claimed as a dependent on a state income tax return. The bill includes an amendment that calls for the reconvening of a task force in June 2016 to review the implementation of the driving privilege card program and determine whether any changes should be recommended.
EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP – Police in Lancaster County are looking for a male suspect who attempted to use a stolen debit card at a Wawa store, Weis Market, Walmart, and a Turkey Hill in East Lampeter Township. The victim’s wallet and debit card were stolen from a vehicle at Your Place restaurant on May 25th of this year. Two pictures of the suspect can be seen at wdac.com under this news story. Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.
WEST MANCHESTER/HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP – Two separate area accidents have claimed lives. In York County, 34-year-old Preston Reese of East Berlin died after his vehicle crashed into the rear of a stopped tractor trailer around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Routes 30 and 116 in West Manchester Township. In Lebanon County, 25-year-old Justin Heck of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, died after his motorcycle went out of control and struck a telephone pole around 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Schaeffer Road in Heidelberg Township.