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Mon Jul 25, 2016, 08:25 AM

With Pa. lawmakers in recess, several high-profile bills left in limbo

HARRISBURG — There is unfinished business under the Capitol dome this summer.

When state lawmakers returned to their home districts last week after completing the 2016-17 budget, several high-profile bills were left in limbo. Among them are pension reform, updates to the state’s statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse cases, a proposal to tighten restrictions on abortion and the expansion of anti-discrimination protections to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

Another lingering issue, the expansion of legal gambling in the state, carries special significance: The recently-completed state budget was balanced with help of revenue from that proposal.

Many of the bills have support, but time constraints, complexities and historical divides hindered them from reaching fruition before summer, experts and lawmakers said.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2016/07/25/With-Pennsylvania-lawmakers-in-recess-several-high-profile-bills-left-in-limbo/stories/201607250010

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