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August

The Basic Education Funding Commission held its first public hearing this week on the current funding of education and the formula used to distribute state funding to Pennsylvania schools.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County. 8/21/14
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Prior to the summer recess, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the month of September as Hunger Action Month.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Mike Brubaker of Lancaster County. 8/20/14
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An initiative aimed at preventing at-risk children from engaging in negative behavior has attracted the attention of State Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 8/19/14
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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania holds its’ fourth and final public hearing this week on the increased use of heroin and other opioids.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Gene Yaw of Lycoming County. 8/18/14
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State Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County is introducing a resolution condemning the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 8/15/14
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The Pennsylvania Senate could take up a measure this fall that addresses the storage of firearms in parked vehicles.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Rich Alloway of Adams County. 8/14/14
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The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is holding public hearings on the federal EPA’s clean energy policy.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Gene Yaw of Lycoming County. 8/13/14
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Legislation that would regulate the bail bondsman industry in Pennsylvania is now before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for consideration.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol. 8/12/14
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State Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County says he plans to introduce a series of violence prevention initiatives.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 8/11/14
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Pennsylvania’s new arson law will provide tougher penalties and stronger protections.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. 8/8/14
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A Venango County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would help attract large, high-tech capital investments to the Commonwealth.  Hanson Quickel has the details from the state Capitol. 8/7/14
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Legislation to increase state support for a program that promotes housing affordability and rehabilitation could see a Senate floor vote this fall.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator Elder Vogel of Beaver County. 8/6/14
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The provisions of Pennsylvania’s new arson law will be discussed at a news conference in Chester County tomorrow (Wednesday).  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with State Senator John Rafferty. 8/5/14
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The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee has approved a number of bills to address the ongoing war on blight.  Hanson Quickel reports from the state Capitol with Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County. 8/4/14
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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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