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Pennsylvania Senate wraps up last work day before the election

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October 15, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State Senate wrapped up their last scheduled work day before the November 2 elections by dealing with a number of issues on the table. However, they did not take any action on the proposed tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale, arguably the most contentious issue.[1]

A natural gas tax bill passed the Democratic led House, but has met with opposition in the Senate, which is led by Republicans. Natural gas has recently become the state's newest growth industry.

If talks do not resume until after the election, the partisan makeup of the legislature could be altered, changing the debate altogether. Republicans currently hold a 10 seat majority in the Senate, while Democrats hold a 6 seat majority in the House.

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