Pa. GOP eyes window for action before Wolf takes over

Some Republicans say it’s still possible to enact far-reaching legislation before Democrat Tom Wolf takes office as Pennsylvania’s governor, even though the Legislature is done for the year.

That’s because massive new Republican majorities in the state House and Senate will be sworn in Jan. 6, two weeks before Wolf replaces Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

There are still raw feelings among numerous conservatives over Republicans’ failure under Corbett to advance various pieces of major legislation that Wolf opposes.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says GOP lawmakers and lobbyists have been asking him the possibility of action during the two weeks. There are no plans now, but he says top Republican lawmakers will probably discuss it when they meet in the coming weeks to discuss strategy in the next legislative session.

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