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It's budget season: Stay informed on PlanCon to ArCon, more

With budget season upon us, I thought I'd keep you up to date on all meetings scheduled in the General Assembly for the next few weeks.

One of the highlights will come today, when Rep. Seth Grove, R-York County, has his PlanCon revision bill, House Bill 2124, up for vote on third consideration. Briefly, Grove’s bill would update archaic requirements that construction companies must meet to be able to bid on and then receive reimbursement for public-school projects. (As Grove points out in his co-sponsorship memorandum, the current law requires firms to submit designs on microfilm and requires Pennsylvania Department of Education approval 11 separate times during the process.)

Here’s the full list of what’s happening in the House this week. To watch a live feed of what’s happening, go here.

In the Senate, meanwhile, the Appropriations Committee will meet sometime today (not before 1 p.m.) to discuss Senate Bill 324, which proposes reducing the size of the legislature (here are my thoughts on that from a previous blog), eliminating the office of the lieutenant governor and reducing the size of the state Superior and Supreme courts.

The committee will also be considering HB 790, which would reform the state’s alcohol laws. Here’s the full text of where that bill stands and the changes the committee will be considering.

What will you be watching for this week at the Capitol?

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