Senate Considers New Bills
July 3, 2013
HARRISBURG(AP)- Two budget-related bills
are in limbo two days into Pennsylvania state government's new fiscal year. Senators return to Harrisburg on Wednesday to
consider both. The bills passed the House two days ago, with changes that are
at odds with Senate leaders.
In one bill that guides human services
programs, the House removed a provision that would have required Gov. Tom
Corbett to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under
the 2010 health care law.
In another bill
that guides how money is to be spent, the House inserted a provision that
suggests House and Senate Republican leaders intend to pass legislation to
legalize high-interest "payday" loans in Pennsylvania. Many consumer
groups oppose payday lending and a Senate Republican spokesman says they didn't
agree to it.