Both the State House and Senate had several session days in January passing items related to re-districting, firearm preemptions, a new board to oversee rural broadband, municipal advertising limits, cyber security for state agencies and liability for snow removal on vehicles.
The Governor’s budget address is scheduled for February 8th and he potentially telegraphed portions of his speech during a recent press conference with local officials where he detailed the improvements to the Commonwealth’s financial situation while he has been Governor.
A bill co-sponsored by state Reps. Martin Causer and Pam Snyder that would result in greater broadband access in underserved areas of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate, and was signed into law this month. House Bill 2071 creates the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, the first official broadband entity in state history. The Broadband Development Authority will consist of an 11-member governing authority board, charged with creating a statewide broadband plan and distributing grant money for broadband expansion projects in underserved areas of the commonwealth.