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                                  March 5, 2010

Dear Friends,


Today Chairman Evans introduced the House budget bill (HB 2279) which was referred to
the House appropriations committee. To check out the full 194-page document, please see
the attachment. Also, call the office for hard copies.


The new motor vehicle regulations reported in last Friday’s newsletter have gained
increased attention. The following link to the PDA web site can provide details how the
agricultural industry will be affected. Please let us know if we can answer questions or help
secure an expert to address your group. http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/
server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_24476_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/Page.aspx?name=New-
Transportation-Regulations&navid=0&parentnavid=0&pageid=111&

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Versant Strategies will celebrate National Ag Day on March 19        with a reception for US
Senator Bob Casey (member of the agriculture committee). Visit the following ink for
details. https://contribute.bobcasey.com/events/harrisburg0319.html


Congratulations to our USA Gypsum client who was featured in an article in the American
Recycler newspaper. Check it out at:
Drywall recycling continues despite dip http://www.americanrecycler.com/index1.shtml


Have a nice weekend and enjoy the onset of spring!


MeeCee

Articles of Interest

03-05-2010        Gov. Rendell: Lower Sales Tax Rate Will Help Retailers & Close
                  Future Budget Gap
                   (Press Release)


03-05-2010        Dire milk market at hand, say farmers
                  Bill Cree has been a dairy farmer for half a century, and in all his years in
                  the business, nothing equalled 2009. "It was the worst year we ever had,"
             said Cree, of Greene County. "Milk prices were as low as I've ever
             seen." As for 2010, Cree and other farmers who attended a meeting
             Thursday in... - TRIB


03-05-2010   Official blows whistle on food-safety agency
             A Food Safety and Inspection Service veterinarian blew the whistle on
             his agency Thursday, telling lawmakers that managers repeatedly failed to
             heed his warnings about unsafe slaughterhouse practices, claims
             supported by government auditors who said the agency had failed to
             consistently enforce... - WASH POST


03-05-2010   Salmonella prompts processed-food recall
             Thousands of types of processed foods -- including many varieties of
             soups, chips, frozen dinners, hot dogs and salad dressings -- may pose a
             health threat because they contain a flavor enhancer that could be
             contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration said
             Thursday.... - WASH POST


03-04-2010   New Report on $152 Bil Annual Cost of Foodborne Illness; Need to
             Set Standardss
              (Press Release)


03-04-2010   Lawmakers attempt to block farm regulations
             U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-Dimock, is pushing to stop adoption of
             laws imposing stricter regulations on use of agricultural vehicles. The
             laws, soon to go into effect, would impose many of the same driver
             laws and record keeping required of interstate trucking companies,
             opponents... - WILLIAM. SUN


03-02-2010   Farm tractors exempt from new U.S. transportation rules
             Berks County farmers can rest a little easier knowing that tractors
             would be exempt from new federal rules prohibiting anyone under 18 from
             operating heavy farm equipment in Pennsylvania. Mark O'Neill, a
             spokesman for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, said federal... - READING
             EAGLE


03-01-2010   USDA: Red Meat Production in Pennsylvania Down 3 Percent in
             January
              (Press Release)


03-01-2010   It’s Agriculture Month, at least in one county
             By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER From mushrooms to
                  milk to merlot, Chester County is celebrating all things agricultural this
                  month. Acknowledging that March 14 to 20 is the Agricultural Council of
                  America's National Agriculture Week, the Chester County commissioners
                  have gone a... - INQUIRER


Legislative Interests

  HB 2279      Evans, D        Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of the
                               Executive, Legislative & Judicial Departments of the
                               Commonwealth, for public debt & the public schools for the
                               fiscal year July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.


         Printer Number(s):P3259


             Track Name(s):Stacy's email, Debbie's Email, Center for Beef Excellence,
                               Dairy Policy Action Coalition, Energy Systems & Installation,
                               PA Assn. of Regional Food Bank, PA Winery Association, UNIV
                               of PA SCH of VET MED


                 Bill History:03-05-10 H Filed
                               03-05-10 H Introduced and referred to committee on House
                               Appropriations
  SR 215       Brubaker        Resolution directing the Legislative Budget & Finance Cmte to
                               study costs to achieve the Chesapeake Bay Program nutrient
                               load reductions from PA's agricultural sources, for evaluations
                               and protecting PA's agricultural sector.


         Printer Number(s):P1542


             Track Name(s):American Mushroom Institute, Center for Beef Excellence,
                               Dairy Policy Action Coalition, PA State Grange, PA Food
                               Processors Assn, PA Assn of Milk Dealers, PA Winery
                               Association


                 Bill History:03-08-10 S Set on the Senate Calendar


Weekly Letter

It’s not often you see a United States Senator use the awesome power of the august body’s
arcane rules to prevent a one-month extension of unemployment benefits in the middle of a
crippling recession. Enter the supremely principled but spectacularly misguided Jim Bunning
of Kentucky, a former Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher. He hurled a
perfect game for the former on Fathers Day in 1964 but his fastball is apparently a lot
sharper than his brain. After holding a stopgap bill hostage over his demand that the $10
billion measure not add to the federal deficit, several of Bunning’s GOP colleagues
apparently dragged him into the Senate cloak room and dope slapped him into submission.


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter this week unveiled his 2011 budget, a tidy little $3.87
billion spending plan that, unlike last year, does not rely on the state legislature to do any
heavy lifting. What it does require, however, is a new $300 tax on trash service and a two
cent tax on sugar-based drinks. So if you (a) produce trash or (b) have the occasional Red
Bull, prepare for your wallet to be a bit lighter. Because Philly already has an alcoholic drink
tax, the city’s taxman will now get you twice for that happy hour rum and Coke. If you’re a
mom whose family goes through a case of 12-ounce cans of soft drinks each week, be
prepared to fork over $299.52 in new taxes to the city’s revenue dudes for the year.


Also in Philly this week, all six gubernatorial candidates got together for an open forum
hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. It was a polite affair; no snippy
comments or “You lie!” type outbursts. All six agreed that we have ourselves a nasty,
expensive pension problem sitting at the door, snarling like a rabid Doberman. Solutions
such as cutting benefits, extending the vesting period, and consolidation of plans were
discussed.   What was noticeably absent was any mention of the actual $5 billion I.O.U. that
comes due in the near future. Sort of like suggesting new paint schemes for the staterooms
on the Titanic.


When it comes to spending state lucre on disease and injury prevention, Pennsylvania has a
really good view of the rest of the country, a view from the back of the pack. Apparently
only New Jersey cares as little as we do about this topic, as we and the Garden State race to
the bottom. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth…well…more than we are willing to
pay, apparently.


The Rendell Administration announced this week that property tax payers across the land
will see a larger cut next year, thanks to new casinos coming online, hence, more slots
money for tax cuts. Last year, cuts averaged $189 per household, and officials predict that
number will top $200 this year. And of course, people are already complaining it is not
enough. We wonder what the reaction would be if the state announced it was raising
property taxes by $200. The lesson we learned is that Money for Nothin’ isn’t the favorite
80s tune of Pennsylvania’s eternally-cranky homeowners.


Speaking of casinos, the word was out early this week that Sands Corporation was planning
to put its Bethlehem casino up for sale. Speculation swirled that the location was a bust, it
was close to insolvent, the locusts were coming…right up to the point where Sands
executives said “Huh? Calm down. We aren’t selling anything.” Score one for basing a news
story on anonymous sources.
Harrisburg welcomed the arrival this week of super mega-rich casino owner Steve Wynn,
who told the Gaming Control Board of his vision for Foxwoods Philadelphia, his newest
venture. The board was apparently very impressed with Wynn, as they unanimously
decided to keep fining the tar out of Foxwoods for every day that it does not produce a
serious plan on how to finance/build a casino. Welcome to Pennsylvania, Steve!


The City of Pittsburgh is legendary for having a downtown street grid that looks like it was
designed by a mad scientist after a six-martini lunch. We learned this week that the city
has enough money to pave exactly 30 miles of those gnarled streets, which seems like a lot
until you consider the city has 1,037 miles of streets. The people on the city bus go up and
down, up and down, up and down. And bang their heads off the bus roof.


Our fine friends at Quinnipiac did their poll thing this week, and we learned that despite all
of his travails, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter holds a 49-42 percent lead over potential rival Pat
Toomey. Specter continues to be Pennsylvania’s version of Rasputin.


On the gubernatorial front, Quinny tells us that Attorney General Tom Corbett continues to
hold a commanding lead for the GOP nomination, while over on the Dem side, some dude
named Don’t Know holds a huge lead over the four other Democratic candidates. And,
actually, Don’t Know is doing pretty well on the GOP side as well.


Revenue collections for the state were down $102 million, or 6.4% last month, according to
the absolutely disgusted Department of Shrinking Revenue. The smart money says the
General Assembly will be hard at work passing an early budget before the revenue numbers
fall completely off the cliff. Which should make the next governor really, really angry.


House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans set tongues a-wagging this week when he
said that the state would have to raise taxes significantly, and soon, or risk falling into
complete insolvency. So yeah, California, here we come! If we know anything about Rep.
Evans, it is that he rarely pulls punches when it comes to the state budget, and he is usually
proven correct. This did not stop a chorus of angry folks from yelling “Cut the budget!”
This is known as whistling past the graveyard.


On the tax front, Allegheny County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan
Onorato this week became the second candidate to express a willingness to levy an
extraction tax on natural gas drilling, following Montgomery County Commissioner Joe “The
Most Liberal Man in the World” Hoeffel. Time will tell if any other wannabes follow suit, but
one thing looks clear: the extraction tax odds are steadily climbing.


Public schools have long complained that they were losing significant state support when
children in their districts chose to attend cyber schools. It seems some of them are
beginning to fight fire with fire by opening their own cyber schools to compete. Cyber
Wars: The Clash of the classrooms is being produced by George Lucas, and is brought to
you by Dell.


Pennsylvania has landed in the Sweet Sixteen of states looking to cash in on the federal
government’s Race to the Top $4 billion education funding extravaganza. If they make it all
the way through the Big Dance, the commonwealth’s participating schools look to land
about $4oo million to help children achieve math and reading proficiency. Here is to hoping
Gonzaga doesn’t beat Team PA on a buzzer-beater next round.


We learned this week that our own Department of Transportation was pretty darned speedy
when it came to turning federal stimulus money into sweet concrete and asphalt. PennDOT
was listed as the 6th-most efficient state in the nation on that front. Memo to folks who
believe we can solve the transportation funding crisis by “making PennDOT more efficient.”
That ship has apparently sailed, Jack. Better look for some other smoke-and-mirrors idea.


Around the Capitol
2010 CENSUS COULD CREATE LARGER CENTRAL PA DELEGATION IN STATE
LEGISLATURE- We’ve all read or heard that the 2010 Census will likely cost Pennsylvania a
seat in the U.S. Congress due to the commonwealth’s population growth not keeping up
with the growth of other states. But the Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports the census could
also give central Pennsylvania more representation – maybe as many as two new seats - in
the state Legislature due to the shifts in population within the commonwealth.
POLL SHOWS MOST VOTERS UNCERTAIN OF THEIR CHOICE FOR GOVERNOR
-According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, in the race to become Pennsylvania's
governor, a new poll showed that most voters simply don't know for whom they will vote. A
new Quinnipiac University survey found the response, "don't know," running ahead of all of
the actual candidates in trial heats of both the Democratic and Republican primary
contests.
PERC APPOINTS NEW LEADERSHIP, DISCUSSES PENSION CRISIS WITH PSERS
-The Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) held its first meeting of the year.At
the meeting, the commission appointed Anthony Salomone as its new Chairman with
Carville Foster stepping down from that post. Also, in light of the retirement of Dr. Richard
Aronson, the commission greeted Ureneus Kirkwood as a new member of the commission.
After reviewing an actuarial note, the commission discussed the pension crisis with
representatives of PSERS.
GUBERNATORIAL FORUM IN PHILADELPHIA- The four Democratic and two Republican
active gubernatorial candidates discussed several issues during a 76-minute forum
sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, which was held at the
National Constitution Center. It was moderated by Channel 6 news anchor Jim Gardner. It
was the first forum featuring all six current active candidates for the Democratic or
Republican gubernatorial nominations. The Democratic field is: Auditor General Jack
Wagner, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, Allegheny County Executive Dan
Onorato and Sen. Anthony Williams. Attorney General Tom Corbett and state Rep. Sam
Rohrer, R-Berks, are seeking the Republican nomination.
                              Legislative Developments
        ·    House Session Schedule
March         8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
April         19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
May           3, 4, 5, 24, 25, 26
June          7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


        ·    The House stands in recess until Tuesday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. or to the call
        of the Chair.
House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Mon. March
8, 2010 in Room 140 Main Capitol to explore the environmental impact of buffers on
waterways.
Senate Government Management and Cost Study Commission will hold a public hearing at
10:30 a.m. on Mon. March 8, 2010 in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building to discuss cost
cutting measures in state government.
House Gaming Oversight will hold a meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2010 in
Room 39, East Wing to consider HR 648 (Santoni) Resolution observing the week of March
7 through 13, 2010, as "Problem Gambling Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania.
House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Prepared will hold a meeting at 12:45 p.m. on Mon.
March 8, 2010 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building to consider HR 605 (Kessler) Resolution
memorializing Congress to pass HR 4197, the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Act of
2009; SB 206 (McIlhinny) Act prohibiting limitations on the wearing of official military
uniforms on school property; and imposing a penalty; SB 960 (Ward) Amends Title 51
(Military Affairs) further providing for the composition of the State Veterans' Commission.
House Appropriations will hold an Off the Floor meeting on Mon. March 8, 2010 in Room 140
Main Capitol. Agenda to be announced.
House State Government will hold an Off the Floor meeting on Mon. March 8, 2010 in Room
G-50 Irvis Office Building to consider HB 259 (Grucela) Amends Title 25 (Elections) further
providing for qualifications to register and for eligibility for primaries; and making related
repeals; HB 2107 (DeWeese) Act authorizing DGS, with the approval of the Governor and
the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to grant and convey to Waynesburg
University certain lands situate in the Borough of Waynesburg, Greene County. HB 2126
(O’Neill) Act authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the
Governor, to grant and convey to the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Association, Inc.,
certain lands situate in Solebury Township, Bucks County; HB 2245 (Carroll) Amends PA
Human Relations Act further providing for findings & declaration of policy, right to freedom
from discrimination, housing & public accommodation; defining "marital status"; & further
providing for unlawful discriminatory practices; HB 987 (Stout) Act authorizing the
Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to grant and convey to
Washington County Authority, certain lands situate in Cecil Township, Washington County;
HB 695 (Kortz) Act providing for a nonbinding Statewide referendum relating to convening
a limited constitutional convention on the structure and function of the General Assembly;
HB 2055 (Oliver) Act authorizing & directing the DGS, with approval of the Governor &
the PDE to grant & convey to the Berean Manual Training & Industrial School approximately
1.533 acres of land including a building in the City of Philadelphia.
House Game and Fisheries will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Tues. March 9, 2010 in
Room 205 Ryan Office Building on the audit of the Deer Management Program.
House Labor Relations will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tue. March 9, 2010 in Room 60, East
Wing to consider HB 1244 (Belfanti) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary) providing for law
enforcement officers of limited jurisdiction; HB 1795 (Thomas) Amends Workforce
Development Act, in local workforce investment areas and boards, providing for youth
councils; HB 2178 (Galloway) Amends Manufactured Housing Improvement Act
expanding the coverage of the act to relocated housing; HB 2230 (Gergely) Amends the
Workforce Development Act providing for industry partnerships.
House Local Government will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Tue. March 9, 2010 in
Room 8E-A, East Wing a joint public hearing with the Senate Local Government Committee
to hear testimony from DCED on development of a State plan for use of Community
Services Block Grant funds.
House Appropriations will hold an Off the Floor meeting on Tue. March 9, 2010 in Room 140
Main Capitol. Agenda to be announced.
House Children and Youth will hold an Off the Floor meeting on Tue. March 9, 2010 in Room
60 East Wing to consider HR 633 (Youngblood) Resolution directing the Legislative
Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study and submit a report to the General
Assembly on the issue of general and comprehensive liability insurance for family day care
homes; HB 406 (Youngblood) Act providing for visitation and inspection of family day-
care homes and for reporting; and making a repeal; HB 2257 (Youngblood) Act providing
for dangerous child day-care facilities; and conferring powers and duties on the Department
of Public Welfare and law enforcement agencies.
Local Government Commission will hold a meeting at 8:45 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in
Room 14, East Wing for a monthly business meeting.
House Aging and Older Adult Services will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Wed. March
10, 2010 in Room 60, East Wing HB 122 (Casorio) Act establishing the Senior Alert
System; and providing for duties of the Pennsylvania State Police; HB 726 (Youngblood)
Act relating to a silver alert program for missing senior citizens.
House Education will hold a meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in Room G-50
Irvis Office Building to consider HB 1090 (Curry) Amends Public School Code, in
intermediate units, providing for school social work services; and, in professional
employees, further providing for definitions; HB 1863 (Payton) Amends Public School
Code further providing for certificates qualifying persons to teach and for kinds of State
certificates; and providing for residency certificates.
House Finance will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in Hearing
Room 1, North Office Building Joint public hearing with the Senate Finance Committee on
the proposed Independent Fiscal Office
House Local Government will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in
Room 205, Ryan Office Building on HB 2020 (Seip) Amends The Fourth to Eighth Class and
Selective County Assessment Law further providing for appeals by municipalities; HB 2021
(Seip) Amends Public School Code, in duties and powers of boards of school directors,
further providing for majority vote required and recording; HB 2022 (Gergely) Amends
The General County Assessment Law further providing for appeals by municipalities; SB
908 (Robbins) Amends the Borough Code, as to civil service for police & firemen, further
providing for general provisions relating to examinations, rejection of applicant & hearing,
manner of filing appointments, probation period & physical exam; SB 909 (Robbins)
Amends the First Class Township Code, further providing for general provisions relating to
examinations, for rejection of applicant and hearing, for manner of filling appointments, for
probation period and for physical examinations; HB 910 (Robbins) Amends the Borough
Code, as to civil service for police & firemen, further providing for general provisions relating
to examinations, rejection of applicant & hearing, manner of filing appointments, probation
period & physical exam; SB 911 (Robbins) Amends an act providing for appointment,
promotion, removal, etc. of paid officers & fire dept. employees & or fire alarm operators &
inspectors in cities of the third class; for civil service cmsn duty; exams & eligibility lists; SB
912 (Robbins) Amends an act relating to appointment, promotion, removal, etc. of paid
operators of fire apparatus in boroughs & 1st class townships; creating civil service
commissions for boroughs; providing for general provisions re examinations.
House Judiciary will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in Room 418,
Main Capitol to consider HB 2221 (Gabig) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary) further providing for
exemptions from jury duty; HB 2075 (Johnson) Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in
computer offenses, providing for the offense of online impersonation; and making an
editorial change; HB 967 (Cohen) Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations), in proceedings
prior to petition to adopt, further providing for grounds for involuntary termination.
House Professional Licensure will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in
Room 39 East Wing to consider: Regs. 16A-619; Regs. 16A-4620
House Consumer Affairs will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wed. March 20, 2010 in Room
G-50 Irvis Office Building HB 1812 (Sainato) Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses) further
providing for grading of theft offenses and for theft of services; HB 1747 (Kotick) Amends
Title 66 (Public Utilities) further providing for the definition of "public utility"; adding the
definition of "common carrier service at airports"; and further providing for certificate of
public convenience required; HR 606 (Mundy) Resolution memorializing FCC to grant
PUC's 2009 petition for delegated authority to implement mandatory number pooling in
telecommunications rate centers to increase number of NXX codes available & adjust in 570,
814, 717 area codes
House Appropriations will hold an Off the Floor meeting on Wed. March 10, 2010 in Room
140 Main Capitol. Agenda will be announced.
House Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Thur. March 11, 2010 in
Room 418 Main Capitol on Weatherization & Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) and HB 98 (Thomas) Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities), in responsible utility
customer protection, further providing for termination of utility service.
House Commerce will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at
Lycoming College, Mary Lindsey Welch Honors Hall, 700 College Place, Williamsport on
Economic Development and Job Creation.
House Democratic Policy Committee will hold an informational meeting at 10:00 a.m. on
Thur. March 11, 2010 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building Joint informational meeting with
the House Republican Policy and Urban Affairs Committees on land banking and HB 712
(Taylor, J) Act providing for the conversion of vacant or tax-delinquent properties into
productive use.
House Judiciary will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Thur. March 11, 2010 in Room
140 Main Capitol on HB 1140 (Solobay) Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations), further
providing for determination of paternity.
House Republican Policy Committee will hold and informational meeting at 10:00 a.m. on
Thur. March 11, 2010 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building Joint informational meeting with
the House Democratic Policy and Urban Affairs Committees on land banking and HB 712
(Taylor, J) Act providing for the conversion of vacant or tax-delinquent properties into
productive use.
House Urban Affairs will hold an informational meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Thur. March 11,
2010 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building with the House Republican and Democratic
Policy Committees on Land Banking and HB 712 (Talor, J) Act providing for the conversion
of vacant or tax-delinquent properties into productive use.
Independent Regulatory Review Commission will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Thur.
March 11, 2010 14th Floor, Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg to consider
Reg. No. 2817 Dept. of Education #6-319: PA Pre-K Counts Requirements,
Standards and Procedures
Local Government Commission will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Thur. March 11, 2010 in Room
156, Main Capitol with Local government associations.
        ·   Senate Session Schedule


February      (Budget Hearings: 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25)
March         8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 (Budget Hearings: 1, 2, 3, 4)
April         12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
May           3, 4, 5, 24, 25, 26
June          7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30


       ·     The Senate stands in recess until Tuesday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. or to the call
       of the Chair.
Senate Appropriations will hold an Off the Floor meeting on Mon. March 8, 2010 in the Rules
Committee Conference Room to consider SB 87 (Pippy) Amends an act conferring ltd.
residency on military personnel, their dependents & civilian personnel assigned to an active
duty station in PA, expanding applicability of the act to include all active duty personnel &
dependents; SB 1044 (White, D) Amends Title 61 (Penal and Correctional Institutions)
providing for drug redistribution within correctional facilities; HB 526 (DeLuca) Amends
the Model Act for the Regulation of Credit Life Insurance and Credit Accident and Health
Insurance further providing for premiums and refunds.
Senate Environmental Resources and Energy will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. March
9, 2010 in Room 8E-B, East Wing to consider SB1092 (Kasunic) Amends the Oil and Gas
Act, further providing for certain well requirements; SB 1159 (White, D) Act providing for
indigenous mineral resource development; and imposing powers and duties on the
Department of General Services; SB 1176 (White, D.) Amends the Surface Mining
Conservation and Reclamation Act further providing for the filing fee; SB 1196 (White, D.)
Amends The Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act further providing for
fees; SB 1197 (White, D.) Amends Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act further providing for
fees; SB 1250 (Pileggi) Amends the Air Pollution Control Act further providing for
disposition of fees, fines and civil penalties.
Senate Local Government will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Tue, March 9, 2010 in
Room 8E-A, East Wing a joint public hearing with the House Local Government Committee
to hear testimony from DCED on development of a State plan for use of Community
Services Block Grant funds
Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness will hold a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on
Tue. March 9, 2010 in Room 8E-B East Wing to consider SB 1186 (Tomlinson) Amends
Title 51 (Military Affairs) further providing for burial details for veterans; SR 226
(Robbins) Resolution supporting the Military Community Covenant.
Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development will meet at 12:00 p.m. on
Tue. March 9, 2010 in Room 461, Main Capitol to consider SB 214 (Greenleaf) Amends
Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in other offenses, providing for the offense of greyhound race
simulcasting; and prescribing a penalty; SR 255 (Earll) Resolution designating the month
of March 2010 as "Problem Gambling Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania and observing the
week of March 7 through 13, 2010, as "National Problem Gambling Awareness Week."
Senate Finance will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Wed. March 10, 2010 in Hearing
Room 1, North Office Building Joint public hearing with the House Finance Committee
regarding the Independent Fiscal Office
Senate Transportation will hold a public hearing at 11:00 a.m. on Thur. March 11, 2010
Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia to focus on the problem of hit
and run accidents and also to discuss, SB 522 (Stack) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) further
providing for accidents involving death or personal injury; SB 1049 (White, D) Amends Title
75 (Vehicles) further providing for accidents involving death or personal injury and for
subsequent convictions of certain offenses; SB 1177 (Rafferty) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles)
further providing for the offense of accidents involving death or personal injury.
Senate Aging and Youth will hold a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Thur. March 11, 2010 in
Hearing Room 2303, Commissioner's Hall, Westmoreland County Community College on SB
1137 (Vance) Amends the Public School Code providing for child abuse recognition and
reporting training.
Other Articles

03-05-2010        Pa. candidates agree pension system needs fix
                  By Tom Infield Inquirer Staff Writer The Republican and Democratic
                  candidates for governor, all together for the first time last night,
                  bemoaned one of the most pressing issues facing the state's next chief
                  executive - the looming pension crisis. But they offered no certain
                  solutions.... - INQUIRER


03-05-2010        Lawmakers From Coal States Seek to Delay Emission Limits
                  WASHINGTON — Coal-country lawmakers moved Thursday to impose a
                  two-year moratorium on potential federal regulation of carbon dioxide and
                  other climate-altering gases. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Democrat of
                  West Virginia, said the Environmental Protection Agency should refrain
                  from issuing any new rules... - NY TIMES


03-05-2010        Raising the gas tax might be the only way to wean Americans off
                  oil
                  GEORGE W. BUSH declared four years ago that America is addicted to oil,
                  a dependency that dirties the air, leaves the economy vulnerable to
                  the volatility of a single commodity and enriches distasteful foreign
                  regimes. Yet, surprisingly, climate proposals in Washington, such as
                  the... - WASH POST


03-04-2010        PPL Electric Utilities customers can get rebates on solar panels,
                  heat pumps
                      (Press Release)


03-04-2010        AG Corbett: Agreement with American Spirit cigarettes maker over
                  advertisement
                      (Press Release)
03-04-2010   Soda tax part of Philadelphia mayor's budget
             PHILADELPHIA -- Mayor Michael Nutter hopes to close next year's
             budget shortage through a soda tax and fees for trash pickup... - AP


03-04-2010   On-time budget? Don't count on it
             To the Editor: On Feb. 9, Gov. Rendell delivered his eighth and final
             budget, and, not surprisingly, the greatest applause during the speech
             was for his statement to have the budget finished by June 30. But when
             I'm asked if I think the budget will be done on time this year, my... - THE
             INTELLIGENCER


03-02-2010   Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission plans to have
             more than 1,600 items up for auction at its annual event
             One museum’s trash could be another collector’s treasure. That’s why the
             Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is putting more than
             1,600 items up for auction Saturday. The items include turn-of-the-
             century long underwear and christening gowns, a stone wagon,... -
             PATRIOT


03-01-2010   Governor Rendell: Lower Sales Tax Rate Will Help Boost Auto Sales
              (Press Release)

				
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