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Budget bills signed by Governor Corbett under legal scrutiny

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 15, 2014 10:43 AM
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(Harrisburg) --  Budget legislation signed last week by Governor Corbett is the subject of intense legal scrutiny. 

Parts of the budget package are now an exhibit in a two-year-old lawsuit seeking to stop Pennsylvania state government from allowing more natural gas drilling on publicly owned lands and diverting the drilling proceeds away from a land conservation fund.

The package establishes the state's authority to enact a new round of leasing publicly owned lands for natural gas drilling and authorizes the diversion of another $220 million from the fund into the state government's operating budget. 

In addition, lawmakers are reviewing it because they say $7 million in line-item vetoes by Corbett of earmarks picked by lawmakers were unprecedented and possibly unconstitutional.

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