Pa. Legislature eyes busy last week before summer break

Published: Jun 24 2013 12:56:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2013 04:33:03 PM EDT
Pennsylvania Capitol building - sunny day
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The Pennsylvania Legislature's busy last week before lawmakers depart Harrisburg for the summer is beginning fitfully.

Two prominent committee votes on Monday's agenda were delayed until Tuesday. Those include a House committee vote on a major highways and transit funding bill and a Senate committee vote on a $28-billion-plus state spending plan.

A bill to liberalize the sale of wine, liquor and beer received approval from a Senate committee by a narrow 6-to-5 vote, but some Republicans supported it grudgingly and said it faces more changes before the full Senate considers it last this week.

Lawmakers also could consider a federally funded Medicaid expansion, an overhaul of public employee pension systems, tougher ethics rules and academic standards for charter schools and the appointment of a state Supreme Court justice.