Update On The State Legislature

The State Capitol continues to reverberate from the results of the General Election. Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro has named his transition team, which will assist in the naming of a cabinet and the organization of the new administration. The state Senate, in Republican control with a 28-21 majority, elected Senator Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) as the first…

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Groups Urge Congress For Permanent E15 Year-Round Waiver

Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Petroleum Institute, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Growth Energy, NACS, National Corn Growers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, NATSO, Renewable Fuels Association and SIGMA sent a letter in support of a permanent E15 year-round waiver legislative fix. The groups prefer a…

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Don’t Forget To Complete Annual CDL Driver Drug & Alcohol Violation Clearinghouse Queries

Employers of CDL drivers are required to conduct an annual drug and alcohol violation query in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for each CDL driver they employ. Employers are only required to make a “limited query” to check for drug and alcohol violations for these drivers. A “full query” is only required if a…

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Reminder: Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding

EMA is anticipating Congress will consider additional LIHEAP appropriations before the end of the year. We ask you and your employees to TAKE ACTION NOW in expressing the need for additional LIHEAP funding for the 2022 – 2023 heating season. TAP HERE for all articles in November 28 EXPRESS Update

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Employers Must Switch To All Electronic Inquiries For Driver Preemployment Drug And Alcohol Violation Investigations Beginning Jan. 6, 2023

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires prospective employers of CDL drivers to conduct background investigations before hiring a CDL driver. This process includes determining if the driver has violated U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol regulations within the past three years. Currently, this inquiry requires prospective employers to conduct both electronic queries…

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Transition – Governor — PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Transition Team Pulls In Experience From Democratic And Republican Administrations — Politics PA: Shapiro-Davis Administration Announce Transition Leadership Groups — MCall – Ford Turner: PA Property Tax Relief Supporters Have New Friend In Gov.-Elect Shapiro — Spotlight PA: How Democrat Josh Shapiro…

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Federal Superfund Tax On Crude Oil Begins January 1, 2023

The federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 reimposes the long-expired Superfund excise tax on crude oil at the rate of 16.4 cents per barrel beginning January 1, 2023. EMA is receiving inquiries about how the Superfund tax will affect downstream energy marketers and tax-exempt purchasers (state and local governments, etc.). First and foremost, refiners are…

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update

Republicans have won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections. While the final margin of House control remains undecided due to close races in California and Colorado, Republicans are projected to hold between 219 and 223 seats in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Democrats have retained control of the U.S. Senate.…

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PPA Joins Other PA Retail Associations To Urge Congress To Pass Credit Card Competition Act

The PPA recently collaborated with the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, and the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania to encourage Congress to pass the Credit Card Competition Act. This legislation is currently before the House and Senate. It would reduce credit card processing fees,…

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Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding

Recently, EMA sent a letter to the White House urging the Administration to address the negative impact of low heating oil supply that is already being felt by residential consumers and heating oil dealers. To address this challenge, EMA requested that the Administration immediately take the following steps: –Issue an immediate hours of service waiver…

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