HB1416 As Amended Passes Senate

The Republican controlled Senate last night passed HB1416 as amended by a 31-19 vote. After nearly 6 hours of floor debate, the bill has been sent back to the House on concurrence. The House can either adopt the bill as is or what is more likely is a conference committee with the leaders of the 4 caucuses and the administration to begin negotiations to solve this budget impasse. Several Senators during their floor debate challenged the idea that Governor Rendell cannot pay state workers during this impasse. Senator Costa reiterated the fact that it is a Commonwealth Court ruling that prevents payments to state workers without a state budget in place. We’ll have to see what the days ahead hold in terms of getting this budget impasse, which is now going into it’s 21st day…..

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