Finance - February 18, 2011

Patriot Act Extends

On Thursday Congress voted on a bill that would expend the Patriot Act for another three months. President Obama is expected to sign the bill before February 28 and then provisions expire. Over those three months Congress is expected to work on a more long term law. The Patriot Act allows law enforcement officials to set ups wiretaps and monitor communication devices that could be relevant to a terrorist threat.

Establishing a New Department

Yesterday the PA House Human Resources Committee held a public hearing on creating the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Act 50 of 2010 establishes the new Department and under the Act, the department will start on July 1 of this year.