Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) issued this statement after the Senate Tuesday send the Fiscal Code bill to the Governor for his action: “Last month Gov. Corbett clearly stated that he would not consider new revenue options to balance the 2014-15 state budget unless the issues of liquor and pensions were both completed. more»
By a vote of 26-22, the Senate late this afternoon sent the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that contains a provision fundamentally changing the way conventional oil and gas operations are regulated in Pennsylvania to the Governor for his action. more»
If you have an interest in research related to agriculture and natural resources, organizers of Penn State's Ag Progress Days have a deal for you. Come to the event, Aug. 12-14, board a bus and you'll be transported into the field, where you can learn about topics such as crop production, woodlot management, wildlife habitat, biofuel feedstocks and water quality.
At best, the FY 2014-15 state budget is still a work in progress. The Senate and House both passed a General Fund budget-- House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to beat the June 30 budget deadline, but instead of signing the bill right away, Gov. more»
At a 3:00 press conference Wednesday, Gov. Corbett said all options are on the table-- including vetoing the budget passed by the General Assembly in House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to get meaningful action on pension reform by the House and Senate. more»
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday wrote to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urging him to discontinue efforts to eliminate the federal Transportation Alternatives Program which helps fund trail development projects in Pennsylvania and other states. more»
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday sent a letter to each member of the House urging them to eliminate language in the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that would set different operational and environmental standards for regulating more»
Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.
As part of Exelon’s commitment to keeping the public informed of its performance in the areas of economic, environmental and social sustainability, the company Tuesday announced it has released its 2013 corporate sustainability report.“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made toward our sustainability goals and remain dedica more»
The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has successfully completed a $5,614,964 abandoned mine reclamation project in Houtzdale Borough, Clearfield County, which stabilized the ground beneath 154 homes to protect them from the threat of mine subsidence.“This critically important project that required two years to complete eases the concerns homeowners had expressed about more»
The July issue of the Western PA Conservancy’s Water, Land Life newsletter is now available and features a story on a new interactive web-based tool on all WPC projects, partners creating community gardens and much more. Click Here to read your copy.
Fine-scale climate model projections suggest the possibility that population centers in cool, highland regions of East Africa could be more vulnerable to malaria than previously thought, while population centers in hot, lowland areas could be less vulnerable, according to a team of researchers. more»
The House Rules Committee late Tuesday night amended House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga) by taking out provisions relating to the Bank Shares Tax (which helped balance the budget), City Revitalization, extra funding for the Allentown school district and Improvement Zones and the Philly cigaret more»
Here's the schedule for the Senate and House this Fall-- House September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 November 12 Senate September 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 November 12
On July 15 the Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to consider proposed land reclamation guarantee and final medical waste regulations and hear a science update on chloride and sulfate toxicity testing in surface waters. more»
The agenda for the July 15 DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting will feature presentations on DCNR’s new endangered species permit review tool and Gov. Corbett’s Executive Order authorizing non-impact drilling on State Park and Forest Land. more»
A free resource describing numerous no-cost or low-cost health care options available to Pennsylvania residents has been updated and published by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Penn State Extension.
The 3rd annual Convergence at the Confluence Conference will be held in Pittsburgh August 11 at Duquesne University’s Power Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The Conference Confluence is focused on water quality monitoring in the Upper Ohio River Basin. more»
A special double issue of the PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network Water Policy News is now available and features a story about how Biglerville is tackling threats to clean water in Adams County. more»
The summer edition of Penn’s Stewards, the PA Parks and Forests Foundation newsletter is now available and features an article on how to plan your next family reunion in a State Park. Click Here to read this issue.