Following is a listing of executive action for the week of July 15. Members of the General Assembly are set to return to session in September.
Legislative Affairs Secretary
Governor Tom Corbett announced that Secretary of Legislative Affairs Christopher D. Carusone will be leaving the administration to become a partner in the Harrisburg office of Philadelphia-based Conrad O’Brien.
Carusone will depart in mid-August, according to the Corbett administration. Executive Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs Andrew Ritter will then serve as acting secretary.
Corbett has appointed Robert G. Del Greco Jr. to a four-year term on the Judicial Conduct Board as a lawyer elector member. His term will run through July 2, 2017.
Del Greco is a shareholder at Pittsburgh-based Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal and civil defense. In his 30-year career he has represented a number of public officials, doctors, lawyers, professional athletes and coaches, authors and entertainers, according to a statement from Corbett’s office.
Prior to joining Dickie McCamey, Del Greco served as an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law and as a Hearing Committee member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Gas Line Extension
Corbett recently visited the campus of Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, in Monroe County to announce plans to extend the Route 611 Corridor Natural Gas Line, a project that will be partially funded by a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant.
The total cost of the project is estimated at about $12.7 million, with the rest of the funding coming from private and local sources, according to a press release by the Corbett administration.
The project is expected to boost job creation and retention in Northeastern Pennsylvania, according to the press release.
The Economic Growth Initiative is a Corbett administration-sponsored economic development program aimed at giving grants to local communities for economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.
Once completed, according to the press release, the 611 Corridor Line will provide natural gas service to Sanofi Pasteur and other businesses in the area. Sanofi Pasteur is now connected to the line and utilizing natural gas.
The state judiciary is launching a new system to track problem-solving court case results across the state, according to a press release by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
Specialized software will categorize and capture performance data for individual programs in each county through a sophisticated statewide computer network, known as the Problem-Solving Adult and Juvenile Courts Information System (PAJCIS), the release said.
According to the release, an AOPC Problem-Solving Courts Program team created the PAJCIS after nearly five years of planning, with the help of funding from a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant.
The new system incorporates performance measures developed by the National Center for State Courts and will provide about 1,200 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, treatment providers, court administrators and others with tools aimed at assessing recidivism rates, determining jail days averted, calculating fines, costs and restitution collected and evaluating community service hours delivered, according to the release.
“This new resource, along with accreditation, is giving the Supreme Court the ability to effectively monitor and administer these programs,” state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said in the release. “Having empirical data in a centralized place will help these courts make sound management and operational decisions about where to invest limited resources and how to more effectively benefit positively the lives of those who enter the court system with certain life issues that may be resolved.”
According to the release, the high court approved a voluntary accreditation process for the state’s drug courts in 2011 to allow counties to compare their problem-solving court operations to nationally recognized practices.
— John L. Kennedy, for the Law Weekly
The Corbett administration appointed David W. Woods, currently chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Woods, 55, previously served as chief of staff to state Senator F. Joseph Loeper, R-Delaware, from 1979 to 1998. Prior to rejoining the Senate on Pileggi’s staff, he served as senior vice president for PECO Energy Co. and Exelon Corp.
In related news, revenue from table games play at 11 Pennsylvania casinos was $59.5 million in June 2013, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The numbers represent a 4.2 percent increase in revenue from table games during June of this year compared to June 2012.
The monthly report also shows $8.5 million in tax revenue was generated from table games this June.
Combined with the slot machine revenue generated in 2012-13, total combined revenue from casino gaming was $3.14 billion, which closely matched the total gaming revenue in the 2011-12 fiscal year.
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