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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

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Wolf sifting through almost 100 bills to sign and veto

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 19, 2018 7:50 PM

Governor Tom Wolf at a bill-signing event. (Katie Meyer/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- After a flurry of activity in state lawmakers' final session day, nearly 100 bills are sitting on Governor Tom Wolf's desk awaiting a signature.

The governor has already signed at least eight--including one aimed at curtailing hazing, and another to increase penalties for speeding in work zones.

He vetoed one, too. It would have created work requirements for some Medicaid recipients.

A number of others bills are still under review.

But among the proposals Wolf will definitely sign in the coming weeks are ones aimed at increasing penalties for three-time DUI offenders, protecting child human trafficking victims, and giving domestic violence victims in public housing relocation options.

Harrisburg's state representatives got a bill passed to give the capitol city special authority to charge higher tax rates. And departing GOP Representative Rick Saccone pushed a bill over the finish line to make it easier for people convicted of crimes to get back their driver's licenses.

The last-minute crush of legislation was heavy this year, but it's not unusual.

When the legislative session ends, all un-passed bills die and have to be restarted.

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