Questions raised about legality of key budget bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 7, 2014 1:58 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Bradley C Bower

(Harrisburg) -- A key budget-related bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature covers a slew of topics, despite a constitutional guideline that bills be limited to a single subject.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill tomorrow.

It guides billions of dollars for public schools and Medicaid. It also changes the way oil and gas drilling is regulated in Pennsylvania, establishes a new rural community college and allows another $10 fee on certain state court filings.

Last week, the Republican-controlled House rejected a challenge by Democrats to the bill's constitutionality, 117-to-83.

A lawyer who is suing the state over its use of money for state parks and forests says he'll make this bill an exhibit in his lawsuit once it's signed.

Governor Corbett's office isn't saying whether he'll sign it.

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