Senate Leader: No Big “Lame Duck” Bills Planned

Corman says GOP won't try to pass liquor privatization or pension fix before Gov. Corbett leaves.


After a couple of weeks of speculation, new Pa. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman has set the record straight — the GOP won’t use a “lame duck” session to try to pass major legislation before Gov. Corbett leaves office in January.

PA Independent reports:

Corman told the PA Independent on Monday, it’s “highly, highly unlikely” legislation as complicated as liquor privatization or pension reform could be ready to sign before Corbett leaves office.

“We may get them started,” said Corman, a Centre County Republican who chaired the Appropriations Committee before ascending to floor leader earlier this month.

For anything to get to Corbett’s desk before his term ends, the state House would also have to convene, and legislation would have to clear both chambers. There’s time for it to happen, but bills would have to move quickly.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa had already said alarms that having a session before new Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf takes office would be “inappropriate, unprecedented and inexcusable.”