Budget Bills Signed by Corbett Get Legal Scrutiny

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    Lawmakers are reviewing it because they say $7 million in line-item vetoes by Corbett of earmarks picked by lawmakers were unprecedented.

    Budget legislation signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett is the subject of intense legal scrutiny.

    Parts of the budget package are now an exhibit in a two-year-old lawsuit seeking to stop Pennsylvania state government from allowing more natural gas drilling on publicly owned lands and diverting the drilling proceeds away from a land conservation fund.

    A Tuesday afternoon status conference was scheduled in the case.

    The package establishes the state's authority to enact a new round of leasing publicly owned lands for natural gas drilling and authorizes the diversion of another $220 million from the fund into the state government's operating budget.

    In addition, lawmakers are reviewing it because they say $7 million in line-item vetoes by Corbett of earmarks picked by lawmakers were unprecedented and possibly unconstitutional.