Elder Vogel http://wesa.fm en Legislation Addresses Affordable Housing Needs http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-addresses-affordable-housing-needs <p>As the housing market continues to rebound after the 2008 recession, some Pennsylvanian residents are still in need of affordable housing.</p><p>Currently in Pennsylvania there is a shortage of about 268,000 affordable housing units, according to Liz Hersh, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:49:04 +0000 Jess Lasky 32267 at http://wesa.fm Bill Could Overhaul State Horse Racing Industry http://wesa.fm/post/bill-could-overhaul-state-horse-racing-industry <p><em><strong>Special series:</strong> This week we're exploring legislative action taken recently in Harrisburg on important bills that were overshadowed by the passage of the state budget.</em></p><p>The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is considering a Senate bill that would change the state’s oversight of the horse racing industry.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), would dissolve the Department of Agriculture’s State and Harness Racing commissions and create one independent five-member commission.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 32012 at http://wesa.fm In Harrisburg, At Least 3 Proposals to Trim PA Legislature http://wesa.fm/post/harrisburg-least-3-proposals-trim-pa-legislature <p>Although Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state, it has the largest full-time legislature in the nation with 253 members (203 in the House, 50 in the Senate).</p><p>At least three different proposals to reduce the size of the General Assembly are floating around the state capitol.</p><p>The Speaker of the House, Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) said he will introduce two measures: one that would reduce the House to 153 members, and the other to shrink the Senate to 38.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:54:29 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14850 at http://wesa.fm