HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf 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, 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.
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.
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.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a Republican-penned budget bill, after calling it full of gimmicks that leave it unbalanced. Wolf is inviting legislative leaders to meet in his Capitol offices this afternoon to restart negotiations over a spending plan for the fiscal year that has just begun. The veto is Wolf’s first in his more than five months in office and the first veto of a full budget bill in Pennsylvania in more than four decades.
HARRISBURG – Republicans like Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and PA House Speaker Mike Turzai say their budget proposal is a responsible plan. The proposal boosted spending by about $1.1 billion, including more money for education, and did not raise taxes. Republicans also passed plans to privatize the state store system and public employee pensions. Gov. Wolf says he’ll look over the liquor and pension bills, but has said that he opposes both plans. Republicans in the General Assembly passed the legislation after attempts to negotiate with Wolf stalled.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Legislation exempting more people who work with children from background checks has been sent to Gov. Tom Wolf. The PA House voted to limit the checks for volunteers and employees at schools, child care facilities, and similar places to those who have direct and routine interaction with children. The checks for new volunteers aren’t required until Aug. 25. That gives them time to qualify for free checks from the State Police and Department of Human Services under a policy that takes effect on July 25. Another change requires clearances every five years rather than every three years.