The important stuff.  We would be remiss if we didn’t start off this week’s Inside the Capitol with what’s really important—a salute to all our veterans.  So, on this Veteran’s Day, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all our veterans—both past and present.  We salute you, your service, and your sacrifice to our great nation.  Thank you for your service!

Finally moving forward.  The state House Transportation Committee voted this week to advance Senate Bill 382, sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria).  Senate Bill 382 would make several administrative changes to the state’s Public Private Partnership Law and force PennDOT’s current P3 Pathways Major Bridge Tolling proposal to be re-examined under the new changes—essentially forcing the current plan to start the process over.  The committee voted 16-9 along party lines (with one democrat voting in favor of the bill) to advance the measure to the full House.  It is unclear at this time when the House will schedule a vote on the bill.

A move toward greater accountability?  Another piece of legislation advanced this week but this time out of the Senate State Government Committee.  Senate Bill 812, sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), passed unanimously (11-0) from committee, and would allow any state agency to suspend or debar a contractor who has a demonstrated history of prohibited actions in other states or localities.  To read the press release and statement following passage from Sen. Phillips-Hill, go HERE.

Hearing about the “worst kept secret in Harrisburg” will have to wait.  A “special announcement” by state Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) was set for this Friday which was rumored to be the time the current President Pro Tempore of the Senate would announce his candidacy for Governor next year. However, the senator announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 and would have to postpone the announcement for a later date.  Corman said he has been vaccinated and will quarantine at home after experiencing mild symptoms.  We wish the senator a speedy recovery.

Upcoming schedule.  The state Senate is now in recess until December 13 but the state House will return next week for three days of voting session.