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August

A bill to help combat blight in the Commonwealth could see a Senate floor vote this fall.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 8/1/14
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July

A bill to help combat blight in the Commonwealth could see a Senate floor vote this fall.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 7/31/14
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Legislation is now before the House that would make changes to Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 7/30/14
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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has concluded a second public hearing on policies and practices related to heroin and opioid addictions.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Gene Yaw of Lycoming County. 7/29/14
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The Basic Education Funding Commission has concluded its inaugural and organizational meeting at the state Capitol.  Hanson Quickel reports on the mission of the panel with Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County. 7/28/14
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Legislation providing for more flexibility on the Keystone Exams could come before the Senate for a vote this fall.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County. 7/25/14
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The House State Government Committee held an informational meeting this week on legislation that would help a legislative study panel save several hundred thousand dollars.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Bob Mensch of Montgomery County. 7/24/14
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State Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 7/23/14
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If you’re interested in becoming a notary public there is a new state law to take note of.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County. 7/22/14
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Legislation intended to help address Pennsylvania’s pension crisis is now before the House Finance Committee for consideration.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Mike Brubaker of Lancaster County. 7/21/14
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Governor Corbett has signed legislation intended to help fund legal services for low income Pennsylvanians. Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 7/18/14
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Legislation to protect the rights of state corrections officers could see a Senate floor vote this fall.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 7/17/14
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Governor Corbett has signed legislation that protects homeowners from unscrupulous contractors.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Kim Ward of Westmoreland County. 7/16/14
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Governor Corbett has signed legislation to permit Tesla to sell its vehicles in Pennsylvania.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator John Rafferty of Montgomery County. 7/15/14
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Legislation that would address the oversight of Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry is now before a House committee for consideration.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Elder Vogel of Beaver County. 7/14/14
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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has concluded the first of four public hearings on the increased use of heroin and other opioids in the Commonwealth.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Gene Yaw of Lycoming County. 7/11/14
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The Pennsylvania Senate approved a resolution this week extending condolences to the families of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered last month.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 7/10/14
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The Pennsylvania Senate has passed an important companion bill to complete the Commonwealth’s annual budget.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County. 7/9/14
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Governor Corbett has signed legislation to help prevent the sale of stolen railway materials to scrap dealers.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 7/8/14
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Legislation intended to improve classroom safety is now before Governor Corbett for his signature. Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Don White of Indiana County. 7/7/14
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Legislation that creates new license plates for Pennsylvania veterans is now before Governor Corbett for his signature.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 7/3/14
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Legislation to combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania is now before Governor Corbett for his signature.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 7/2/14
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Governor Corbett has signed legislation to strengthen the penalty for hit and run violations that result in death.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County. 7/1/14
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June

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a state budget for the next fiscal year.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Jake Corman of Centre County. 6/30/14
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The Senate Law and Justice Committee has approved legislation that would legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County. 6/27/14
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The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has approved legislation to promote and protect conventional oil production in Pennsylvania.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Scott Hutchinson of Venango County. 6/26/14
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Legislation regulating Healthcare Exchange Navigators has been approved by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Don White of Indiana County. 6/25/14
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State Senator Scott Wagner of York County is applauding the House State Government Committee for approving paycheck protection legislation.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 6/24/14
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The Senate Transportation Committee held a public hearing at the state Capitol on legislation that would allow the use of radar by local police departments.  Hanson Quickel has the details with Senator Randy Vulakovich of Allegheny County. 6/23/14
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Legislation intended to assist the Pennsylvania National Guard in its efforts to recruit and retain military medical professionals is now before Governor Corbett for his signature.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Scott Hutchinson of Venango County. 6/20/14
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Lyme disease awareness and prevent legislation has been sent to Governor Corbett for his signature.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 6/19/14
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The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to offer more disabled Pennsylvania veterans reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. 6/18/14
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An event to express the importance of elder abuse awareness was held at the state Capitol (Tuesday).  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Randy Vulakovich of Allegheny County. 6/17/14
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The Senate has approved legislation that provides a bit of relief to a heavily-used research committee within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Bob Mensch of Montgomery County. 6/16/14
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Affordable housing was the focus of a recent state Capitol public hearing conducted by the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 6/13/14
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A bill that would help prevent the theft of railway material is a step closer to becoming law.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 6/12/14
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Governor Corbett is expected to sign legislation intended to help a greater number of military families that have fallen on hard times.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County. 6/11/14
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The Senate Law and Justice Committee has concluded a second public hearing on Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Chuck McIlhinney of Bucks County. 6/10/14
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The Senate has adopted a resolution designating this week as “State Veterans’ Homes Week” in Pennsylvania.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg on the importance of the designation with Senator Bob Mensch of Montgomery County. 6/9/14
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The 70th anniversary of D-Day is being observed with ceremonies here and around the world.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol, where Senator John Rafferty of Montgomery County sponsored a resolution to recognize a day that cannot be overlooked. 6/6/14
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The second annual Capitol All Stars Softball Game will be held September 23rd at Metro Bank Park.  Hanson Quickel has more on the purpose of the game with Senator Mike Brubaker of Lancaster County. 6/5/14
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A rally was held at the state Capitol (Wednesday) in support of legislation to ban the taxpayer-funded collection of union dues.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Scott Wagner of York County. 6/4/14
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The Senate State Government Committee has approved two bills that would give voters an opportunity to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. 6/3/14
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State lawmakers are back in Harrisburg to work toward passage of a new state budget.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. 6/2/14
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May

State Senator Gene Yaw of Lycoming County has announced a series of public hearings that will examine the recent surge in heroin use.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 5/30/14
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The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution designating May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month.  Hanson Quickel has more from Harrisburg with Senator Bob Mensch of Montgomery County. 5/29/14
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State Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County has introduced legislation intended to address a loophole in Pennsylvania’s hit-and-run driving statute.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 5/28/14
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The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is considering legislation that addresses cost sharing arrangements in health insurance policies.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Don White of Indiana County. 5/27/14
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The Senate State Government Committee has approved legislation that makes significant changes to Pennsylvania’s history code.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with State Senator Bob Robbins of Mercer County. 5/23/14
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The Civil Legal Justice Commission has presented a report to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the issue of access to justice for low-income Pennsylvanians.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 5/22/14
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The Senate Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee will hold a public hearing on a recently issued statewide gaming report.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 5/21/14
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Legislation to significantly reform the Delaware River Port Authority has been introduced in Harrisburg.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator John Rafferty of Montgomery County. 5/19/14
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The Senate Law and Justice Committee has scheduled a second public hearing on the issue of medical cannabis.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County. 5/16/14
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State Senator Pat Vance of Cumberland County joined representatives from the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association at state Capitol rally over a compensation issue that is impacting dental care.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 5/15/14
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Legislation eliminating a hidden tax that drives up the costs of gasoline for western Pennsylvanians is now before Governor Corbett for his signature.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Elder Vogel of Beaver County. 5/14/14
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The month of May has been designated Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  Hanson Quickel reports with Senator Pat Vance of Cumberland County. 5/13/14
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Wednesday is Apraxia Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol with Senator Scott Hutchinson of Venango County. 5/12/14
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The push is on in Harrisburg for adequate early childhood education funding.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County. 5/9/14
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The Senate State Government Committee held a public hearing this week on legislation that would provide financial support to Pennsylvania’s museums.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County. 5/8/14
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The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation that would expand the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to include Schedule II through V controlled substances.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Pat Vance of Cumberland County. 5/7/14
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Governor Tom Corbett joined a group of state lawmakers and law enforcement officials in Lancaster County (Tuesday) to announce the recent award of $6.5 million in school safety grants.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator Lloyd Smucker. 5/6/14
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Commonwealth Avenue was lined with patrol cars (Monday) as Police Officers’ Memorial Day was observed at the state Capitol.  Hanson Quickel reports from Harrisburg with Senator John Rafferty of Montgomery County. 5/5/14
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The Senate has adopted a resolution designating May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. 5/2/14
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Legislation is now before the House of Representatives that would bring Pennsylvania’s school bus laws in line with 45 other states.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Elder Vogel of Beaver County. 5/1/14
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