2011-06-30 / Local & State

Senate, House Scramble In Final Days

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State lawmakers are back inside the Pennsylvania Capitol for an unusual Sunday session as they work to complete the state budget before the new fiscal year starts on Friday.

The House of Representatives was likely to take up changes to civil lawsuit rules and funding for higher education. Senate committee action on the main budget bill has been postponed for at least a day.

Senate and House Democrats are pushing to include a tax or fee on Marcellus Shale natural-gas extraction in the mix of legislation that passes along with the budget. It’s unclear whether majority Republicans plan to move such a bill before a group empaneled by Gov. Tom Corbett reports back next month.

Finer points of the budget agreement between Corbett and Republican leaders remain under wraps.

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