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- State of the State
Shown is the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Pa., Harrisburg, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Matt Rourke / The Associated Press
“We are just seeing massive declines,” says one researcher, trying to save bats before it’s too late.
The state currently employs 14 biologists responsible to monitor 81,000 miles of waterway. That workload means it would take 30 years for them to complete federally mandated pollution assessments.
The lawsuit asks that the defendants forfeit all profits tied to OxyContin prescription in Pennsylvania, pay for the cost of the trial and pay civil penalties from $1,000 to $3,000 for each violation of consumer protection law.
Two of the bills passed got bipartisan support. One creates new ethics requirements for charter school administrators, and another would let charter students enroll in college classes.
J.J. Abbott, Wolf’s press secretary, said some of the increases were made to bring salaries “in-line with each other to ensure all were being paid equally and fairly for their work.”