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PLS was established in 2001 and has grown over the years to become the most powerful Pennsylvania online legislative research, tracking, media, and analysis service providing unique and exceptional access to Pennsylvania's policy making process. PLS's clients run the full gamut and include Pennsylvania's most influential legislative participants - lobbying firms, law firms, associations, corporati

PLS was established in 2001 and has grown over the years to become the most powerful Pennsylvania online legislative research, tracking, media, and analysis service providing unique and exceptional access to Pennsylvania's policy making process. PLS's clients run the full gamut and include Pennsylvania's most influential legislative participants - lobbying firms, law firms, associations, corporati

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Yesterday at Philadelphia City Hall, Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney met to announce the open enroll...
11/02/2021

Yesterday at Philadelphia City Hall, Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney met to announce the open enrollment period for health coverage under Pennie for 2022. Gov. Wolf explained Pennie is a program where Pennsylvanians can purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-Delaware) and Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester) joined by citizens and the Chester Water Authority c...
10/26/2021

Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-Delaware) and Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester) joined by citizens and the Chester Water Authority came together to advocate for HB 1936. "Local, County and State officials on both sides of the aisle, all agree. A bailout from the City of Chester on the backs of everyday folks drinking tap water, doing their dishes, and watering their gardens, is not the right path forward," said Rep. Lawrence. The bill seeks to amend Title 66, providing that the procedure to determine the fair market value of the selling utility shall only be used if the acquiring public utility can meet the burden of proof in regard to the selling authority.

Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) joined by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) and Executive Director for Arc of Cumberland C...
10/25/2021

Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) joined by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) and Executive Director for Arc of Cumberland County, Anne Couldridge came together with the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Services Coalition to speak out for Direct Support Professionals and the importance that they provide as well as the crisis that they are quickly disappearing from the work force.

Today at the Capitol Steps, Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) joined by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Sen. Tim Kearney...
10/19/2021

Today at the Capitol Steps, Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) joined by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Sen. Tim Kearney (D-Delaware) and other supporters like Marc Stier, PhD, Director of the PA Budget and Policy Center came together to speak about the need for releasing the unused funds, approximately $7 billion, from the American Rescue Plan to help those struggling with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) along with Alison Beam, Acting Secretary of He...
10/05/2021

Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) along with Alison Beam, Acting Secretary of Health at the PA Dept. of Health and supporters for breast cancer awareness, joined together today for the kick-off of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Capitol Fountain.

Joint Senate Committees on energy and economics condemned failures to fund the state’s energy infrastructure at a hearin...
10/05/2021

Joint Senate Committees on energy and economics condemned failures to fund the state’s energy infrastructure at a hearing on Monday. Sen. John Yudichak (I-Luzerne) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) chaired the meeting where Tony Seiwell of the Laborers’ District Council (Left) and Jim Snell of the Steamfitters Union (Right) testified, among others.

10/05/2021

What is still on the plate of your committee? Here we're looking at some of the committees on the schedule this week and what they have accomplished this session, and what's left to be done.

Today, the Governor signed three bills that are set to become law. Missed them? Check them out and keep up-to-date with ...
09/30/2021

Today, the Governor signed three bills that are set to become law. Missed them? Check them out and keep up-to-date with PLS and never miss a single thing!

Did your committee clean their plate or leave you with leftovers? Keep following this social media series where we break...
09/28/2021

Did your committee clean their plate or leave you with leftovers? Keep following this social media series where we breakdown what the committees already passed, and what's coming up on their agendas.

House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), and members of the Pennsylva...
09/27/2021

House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), and members of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Caucus joined the Pennsylvania March for Life rally to discuss a variety of issues related to abortion.

At the Capitol Fountain, Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) alongside, Sen. Tim Kearney (D-Delaware), Sen. Amanda Cappe...
09/21/2021

At the Capitol Fountain, Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) alongside, Sen. Tim Kearney (D-Delaware), Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) joined together to speak about the importance of transparency in State Government.

At the Capitol Fountain, Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) alongside, Sen. Tim Kearney (D-Delaware), Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) joined together to speak about the importance of transparency in State Government.

Today at the Capitol Fountain, Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D-Montgomery) along with Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia), Sen. ...
09/21/2021

Today at the Capitol Fountain, Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D-Montgomery) along with Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) came together with advocates of renewable energy to introduce renewable energy legislation and discuss the importance of pushing for Pennsylvania to be fueled 100% by renewable energy by 2050.

Today at the Lt. Governor's Balcony, PA Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) with Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-C...
09/20/2021

Today at the Lt. Governor's Balcony, PA Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) with Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre) spoke about the Legislative Agenda for the coming weeks, which included; Hurricane Ida emergency disaster declaration and regulatory reform regarding the pandemic.

Today on the Capitol steps, PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro along with advocates rallied to ask the legislature to rest...
09/20/2021

Today on the Capitol steps, PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro along with advocates rallied to ask the legislature to restart discussions on HB951, which allows for the pursuit of civil lawsuits in court regarding childhood sexual abuse despite the statute of limitations defense.

Today at the Capitol Foundation by Soldiers and Sailors Grove, a remembrance ceremony was held for POW/MIA soldiers of t...
09/17/2021

Today at the Capitol Foundation by Soldiers and Sailors Grove, a remembrance ceremony was held for POW/MIA soldiers of the Commonwealth. Also known as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, it's a time to remember the brave men and women who have been captured or went missing in the line of duty. "Currently the United States, has 81,600 Americans, who remain missing since WWII through present day,..., reflect on the amount of families and friends impacted across each of those missing service personnel." Said Colonel Christopher Vitale.

The Pennsylvania Legislature is back in session next week and we expect them to hit the ground running with busy committ...
09/17/2021

The Pennsylvania Legislature is back in session next week and we expect them to hit the ground running with busy committee schedules and spirited bill discussions. Refer a friend to PLS so they can read our non-partisan coverage of meetings, track legislation, receive media alerts and more. We look forward to working with them! #advocacy #pennsylvania #legislature #grassroots

The Pennsylvania Legislature is back in session next week and we expect them to hit the ground running with busy committee schedules and spirited bill discussions. Refer a friend to PLS so they can read our non-partisan coverage of meetings, track legislation, receive media alerts and more. We look forward to working with them! #advocacy #pennsylvania #legislature #grassroots

Did your committee clean their plate or leave you with leftovers? Keep following this social media series where we break...
09/16/2021

Did your committee clean their plate or leave you with leftovers? Keep following this social media series where we breakdown what the committees already passed, and what's coming up on their agendas.

Rep. Manuel Guzman Jr. (D-Berks) alongside Luz Colon, Executive Director for the Commission on Latino Affairs, Sec. Noe ...
09/15/2021

Rep. Manuel Guzman Jr. (D-Berks) alongside Luz Colon, Executive Director for the Commission on Latino Affairs, Sec. Noe Ortega, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and others came together to celebrate and kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month which will run from September 15th to October 15th, 2021.

The Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairs came together today to highlight the resources available to the state's veterans ...
09/15/2021

The Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairs came together today to highlight the resources available to the state's veterans through the Veterans Service Organization (VSO) in a joint press conference. The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Stefano (R-Fayette) and Minority Chairman Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairman Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne) and Minority Chairman Rep. Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence) spoke about the specific programs available through the VSO and who can benefit from them. "According to the VSO program, this program brings in about $2.9 billion annually in federal funds for veterans who qualify for VA programs and disability pensions." said Sen. Boback (R-Luzerne).

Members of the Wolf Administration and Anti-Hunger advocates came together today to speak on the importance of fighting ...
09/15/2021

Members of the Wolf Administration and Anti-Hunger advocates came together today to speak on the importance of fighting hunger and advocating for everyone to donate and volunteer to help those in need. September is recognized as Hunger Action Month and September 17th, 2021 as Hunger Action Day in the Commonwealth.

At the Capitol Fountain, the 11th annual EMS Memorial Service was held. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne), PEMA Director Ran...
09/13/2021

At the Capitol Fountain, the 11th annual EMS Memorial Service was held. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne), PEMA Director Randy Padfield, PA State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego, Director of the Bureau of EMS Dylan Ferguson and others spoke about the dangers that EMS responds to on a daily basis and honored the first responders that have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Today, the House Aging and Older Adult Services committee held a hearing on regulations which have have been suspended d...
09/13/2021

Today, the House Aging and Older Adult Services committee held a hearing on regulations which have have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee Chairman Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh) was present for the hearing in the Capitol with several other Representatives from both parties, while the rest of the committee attended virtually.

09/10/2021

Did your committee clean their plate or leave you with leftovers? Follow this social media series where we breakdown what the committees already passed, and what's coming up on their agendas.

Members of the Wolf administration gathered at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg to raise awareness about veteran su***de, a h...
09/09/2021

Members of the Wolf administration gathered at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg to raise awareness about veteran su***de, a health crisis taking the lives of about 20 veterans a day nationwide. The event was held in recognition of September being National Su***de Prevention Month. Assembling to talk about how to reduce the number of veteran su***des were the Department of Aging (PDA), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), and the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, as well as other veteran advocates.

On Friday, September 3rd, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) joined city and state leaders to call on the General Assem...
09/07/2021

On Friday, September 3rd, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) joined city and state leaders to call on the General Assembly to release “Rainy Day Fund” totaling over $7 Billion in unspent budget surplus and American Rescue Plan dollars on relief from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

Some of the topics include; creating a universal education savings account for parents and students to utilize during th...
09/03/2021

Some of the topics include; creating a universal education savings account for parents and students to utilize during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening protections against price gouging in PA, providing a mechanism for neglected burial grounds to be rehabilitated as well as maintained, and establishing a Clean Streams Fund for PA.

Some of the topics include; creating a universal education savings account for parents and students to utilize during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening protections against price gouging in PA, providing a mechanism for neglected burial grounds to be rehabilitated as well as maintained, and establishing a Clean Streams Fund for PA.

Sec. Jennifer Berrier, Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), and Deputy Sec. Inez Titus, Department of Human Services ...
08/30/2021

Sec. Jennifer Berrier, Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), and Deputy Sec. Inez Titus, Department of Human Services (DHS), held a press conference today at the Soldiers’ and Sailors' Grove to highlight other services available to help residents as the federal unemployment benefits are set to end Sept. 4th. Approximately 558,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians receive an extra $300 in their weekly benefits from federal funds.

Some of the topics mentioned this week include; requiring landlords and mortgage servicers to seek available relief befo...
08/27/2021

Some of the topics mentioned this week include; requiring landlords and mortgage servicers to seek available relief before moving forward with an eviction or foreclosure, a resolution designating September 13th, 2021, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Memorial Day in PA, instituting requirements that first time firearm owners receive training in areas of safe handling and storage of fi****ms as well as awareness training, and providing tax credits for preservation of barns 50 or more years old.

Some of the topics mentioned this week include; requiring landlords and mortgage servicers to seek available relief before moving forward with an eviction or foreclosure, a resolution designating September 13th, 2021, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Memorial Day in PA, instituting requirements that first time firearm owners receive training in areas of safe handling and storage of fi****ms as well as awareness training, and providing tax credits for preservation of barns 50 or more years old.

Today Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Phila.) and Maria Pulzetti from Community Legal Services-Philadelphia , held a news conference...
08/27/2021

Today Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Phila.) and Maria Pulzetti from Community Legal Services-Philadelphia , held a news conference unveiling an upcoming bill to modernize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by increasing the monthly benefit amount to bring families up to 50% of the federal poverty level and out of deep poverty.

Kenyatta’s bill would require that TANF benefits undergo an annual cost-of-living increase to keep pace with inflation and would ensure benefits continue to be effective at providing financial stability to more than 68,500 Pennsylvania families and children receiving cash assistance -- something he said would be a serious life-improving measure for families and their children’s futures.

Kenyatta pointed to a report released this week by the Meet The Need Campaign that found that in 1990, Pennsylvania’s benefit of $403 covered 43% of the federal poverty level, but in 2020 the same benefit covered a mere 22%. Furthermore, when accounting for inflation in this period, the TANF benefit has decreased in spending power by more than 50%.

Senator Katie Muth has also introduced companion legislation to Kenyatta’s bill in the state Senate.

Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) joined state and local leaders from the Department of Labor and Industry, Philadelph...
08/25/2021

Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) joined state and local leaders from the Department of Labor and Industry, Philadelphia Works Inc. and Urban Affairs Coalition to present a $2.6 million check for the Schools-to-Work program. This grant program will encourage schools and local businesses to provide work-based learning for high school students.

Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) joined state and local leaders from the Department of Labor and Industry, Philadelphia Works Inc. and Urban Affairs Coalition to present a $2.6 million check for the Schools-to-Work program. This grant program will encourage schools and local businesses to provide work-based learning for high school students.

Inmates will be counted in their home districts following a 3-2 vote at the Legislative Reapportionment Committee. Despi...
08/24/2021

Inmates will be counted in their home districts following a 3-2 vote at the Legislative Reapportionment Committee. Despite concerns that the Department of Corrections (DOC) may not punctually deliver data, Chairman Mark Nordenberg said he broke the party-line stalemate to favor the views of PA Constitution framers and state judicial opinion.
Also in attendance were Sen. Kim Ward, Rep. Joanna McClinton, Sen. Jay Costa and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff.

#PAHouse #PASenate #PApolitics

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, the guests at today's Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon were Mark Holman and Ma...
08/23/2021

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, the guests at today's Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon were Mark Holman and Mark Campbell (pictured below) of Ridge Policy Group, former top aides to then Governor Tom Ridge.

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, the guests at today's Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon were Mark Holman and Mark Campbell (pictured below) of Ridge Policy Group, former top aides to then Governor Tom Ridge.

Some of the topics include imposing restrictions on fi****ms in a legislative package, allowing a workers' compensation ...
08/20/2021

Some of the topics include imposing restrictions on fi****ms in a legislative package, allowing a workers' compensation claimant to appear before a judge and provide sworn testimony, establishing the Office of Health Equity within the Department of Health and increasing auto liability minimums as well as addressing stacking options in auto insurance policies.

Some of the topics include imposing restrictions on fi****ms in a legislative package, allowing a workers' compensation claimant to appear before a judge and provide sworn testimony, establishing the Office of Health Equity within the Department of Health and increasing auto liability minimums as well as addressing stacking options in auto insurance policies.

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