Friday, June 22, 2012

HB1580 Status - Still At a Standstill........

The Pennsylvania House is in the final days of negotiations before breaking for the summer.  Republican leadership is divided on whether to run the solar bill with House Speaker Sam Smith agreeing to run the bill and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai refusing to run the bill.  We are at a stand-still and they are likely to be in Harrisburg for to up one more week in order to pass the budget along with Governor Tom Corbetts’s give-away to Shell Oil.   He is going to bat for a multi-national, non-US company but won’t save our solar jobs for a fraction of the cost. 

On the positive side, Senator David Argall (R-Berks and points north and west) introduced his senate version of HB #1580 known as SB#1350 this week.  We are currently awaiting committee assignment.  This will position us for the short legislative session in the fall if nothing happens before they break.  Please send a quick note to Senator Argall and thank him for his support of solar.

Ron Celentano
PASEIA President