Legislature exits 2017 with flurry of votes, defeats

Written by Marc Levy/Associated Press | Dec 13, 2017 2:48 PM

 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is finished for the year after passing veto-bound abortion restrictions, while anti-union legislation sought by top Republicans failed and legislation to tax Marcellus Shale production is in limbo.

The GOP-controlled House adjourned Wednesday until Jan. 22 after a flurry of votes this week.

Republican-penned legislation to limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy is headed for certain veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and it didn't pass with enough support to override a veto.

Meanwhile, a bloc of Democrats and southeastern Pennsylvania Republicans couldn't muster enough votes Tuesday night to force House Republican leaders to allow votes on Marcellus Shale tax legislation.

That same bloc rejected a top priority of Republican leaders to bar the government employers from deducting political action committee contributions from the paychecks of unionized employees.

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