Wolf ve­toes bill on in­spec­tor gen­eral, 3 other mea­sures

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Mark Scolforo

HAR­RIS­BURG >> Penn­syl­va­nia Gov. Tom Wolf ve­toed four bills on Fri­day, in­clud­ing leg­is­la­tion that would have made the in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice an in­de­pen­dent agency and re­quired the in­spec­tor gen­eral to be con­firmed by the Se­nate.

Wolf also re­jected bills that would have given law­mak­ers the abil­ity to delay de­ci­sions on new reg­u­la­tions by a state com­mis­sion, let peo­ple out­side Philadel­phia serve on the city’s park­ing com­mis­sion and re­quired Se­nate ap­proval of his ap­point­ments to the Delaware River Port Author­ity board.

He signed into law bills to fix a mis­take in an eight­month-old law that had held up mil­lions of dol­lars in awards to breed­ers and own­ers of Penn­syl­va­niabred thor­ough­breds and to meet stan­dards in fed­eral law re­gard­ing par­ents who have com­mit­ted child sex­ual abuse and help com­bat hu­man traf­fick­ing of chil­dren .

The Demo­cratic gover­nor, who had pre­vi­ously sig­naled his op­po­si­tion to the in­spec­tor gen­eral leg­is­la­tion , said the ex­ec­u­tive branch needed an “in­ter­nal watch­dog” and that the at­tor­ney gen­eral and au­di­tor gen­eral al­ready serve as ex­ter­nal mon­i­tors on gov­ern­ment ac­tions. The in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice in­ves­ti­gates com­plaints about fraud, waste and mis­con­duct in state agen­cies.

State law­mak­ers al­ready have con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence on reg­u­la­tions, Wolf said in re­ject­ing a bill that would have given cer­tain law­mak­ers the abil­ity to hold up de­ci­sions by the In­de­pen­dent Reg­u­la­tory Re­view Com­mis­sion .

“This bill has the po­ten­tial to grind the reg­u­la­tory re­view pro­cess to a halt,” Wolf wrote in his veto mes­sage .

The five-mem­ber com­mis­sion board is filled by ap­pointees from the leader of each of the four leg­isla­tive cau­cuses and one from the gover­nor.

House Repub­li­can spokesman Steve Miskin said some law­mak­ers were con­cerned about whether the reg­u­la­tory re­view pro­cess was in­de­pen­dent enough, and wanted to give leg­isla­tive com­mit­tees more in­flu­ence over is­sues that fall within their purview.

A coali­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal groups , the Clean Power PA Coali­tion, called the proposal a “power grab” that would have given “pow­er­ful spe­cial in­ter­ests and big pol­luters an out­sized role in our po­lit­i­cal pro­cess.”

The gover­nor said he could not sup­port adding peo­ple out­side Philadel­phia to the city’s park­ing author­ity when it has ma­jor problems and mis­man­age­ment that were not ad­dressed in the leg­is­la­tion. Miskin said park­ing in Philadel­phia in­volves peo­ple from around the re­gion, so non-res­i­dents should have a voice in the agency.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.