Time’s almost up for state legislators

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s referred to as “Do or Die Day” by legislators. The final day of the legislative session is Wednesday, and the clock is running out for bills in the House and Senate that have not been pushed through by 11 p.m.

The major issues remain the same. Pension reform and gaming are still in the air. Another bill would toughen animal cruelty laws if it goes to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

If bills are not moved, they are thrown out.  They can be reintroduced in January, but the process starts from scratch.

“It’s very high energy, it’s very fast paced. There is a lot going on,” Rep. Kevin Schreiber (D-York) said.

It’s Schreiber final session day as he is not running again.

It’s not just about getting bills pushed through on the final day.

“There’s also camaraderie, as people say goodbye and farewell,” he said.

Other pending bills would double the amount of money fire departments could bring in through bingo fundraisers and expedite the process to get teacher certifications for military spouses and veterans.

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