Saturday, December 19, 2015

House Sets Up Conference Committee On Tax Code, Voting On Pension Bill

(Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m.) -- The House, on concurrence in Senate amendments to House Bill 1198 (Dunbar-R- Westmoreland) a Tax Code bill, voted 173 to 27 to nonconcur in Senate amendments to the bill setting the stage for a House-Senate on Tax Code provisions. The bill was earlier reported out of the House Rules Committee, but the Committee did not yet consider the other budget-related bills in the Committee-- the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 1327; the Liquor privatization bill- House Bill 1690; and the Education Code changes-- House Bill 530; are all in the House Rules Committee.

(Dec. 19, 12:10 p.m.) -- Rep. Bill Adolph, Majority Chair House Appropriations Committee, told PA Legislative Services: "I don't think anyone really knows what the tax package is going to be."
AP: Vote Looming, Tax Hike Details Fuzzy, May Not Happen Saturday

(Dec. 19, 11:45 a.m.) -- By a party line vote of 22 to15, the House Appropriations Committee reported the pension reform bill-- Senate Bill 1071 (Browne-R-Lehigh)-- to the full House for a final vote.   Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), Majority Chair of the Committee, said Gov. Wolf will sign the bill.

Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) opposed the bill saying it would cost taxpayers $2.3 billion over the next 30 years and “only” save the employee retirement funds $2.7 billion.  Click Here for an analysis of the pension bill by House Democrats.
A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.
The House is now debating Senate Bill 1071 heading toward a final vote.
PLS: Markosek Says House Dems Never Agreed With Pension Bill

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