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Senate to take up wide-ranging budget bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2014 10:48 AM
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(Harrisburg) --  Pennsylvania state senators are back in the Capitol to deal with the remaining pieces of budget-related legislation for the newly begun fiscal year.

The Senate reconvened this afternoon and Republican majority leaders say they plan to pass a key budget-related bill that covers a slew of topics.

Those include guiding billions of dollars for public schools and hospitals and changing the way oil and gas drilling is regulated. However, senators say they'll make changes to a bill that includes the authority for Philadelphia to impose a $2 per-pack cigarette tax to help fund its schools.

A general spending bill for the $29.1 billion budget plan landed on Governor Corbett's desk July 1. But he's withholding a signature while he waits for the House and Senate to pass final budget-related legislation.

An earlier story is below:

Pennsylvania state senators are returning to the Capitol to deal with the remaining pieces of budget-related legislation for the newly begun fiscal year.

The Senate was scheduled to reconvene this afternoon.

A key budget-related bill covers a slew of topics, including guiding billions of dollars for public schools and hospitals, changing the way oil and gas drilling is regulated, establishing a new rural community college and allowing another $10 fee on certain state court filings.

A general spending bill for the $29.1 billion budget plan landed on Governor Corbett's desk the day the fiscal year began July 1. But he's not saying whether he'll sign it while he waits for leaders of the House and Senate Republican majorities to settle a fight over final budget-related legislation.

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