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This week The PLS Reporter met with one legislator who is trying to get rid of the need to have a permit to have a lemonade stand, Rep. Elect David Rowe (R-Snyder) took over former Representative Fred Keller's seat, and Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled legislation to completely eliminate school property taxes. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Wolf touts increased education spending

Wolf touts increased education spending

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) highlighted some of the education wins from the 2019-20 budget passed this summer at an event in Brook Haven Wednesday. Speaking at Coeburn Elementary in Delaware County, he discussed what has been possible by restoring funding he said had been cut in prior administrations. 

Joined by educators, administrations, and officials in the school’s library, Wolf repeatedly mentioned that 25,000 teaching jobs were cut under Tom Corbett’s (R) tenure. With the $200 million increase in this new budget, the state adds 465 Head Start slots and 2,200 more pre-K seats, which adds to the 13,500 seats created for early education under Wolf’s first term.
Thursday, August 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Concerns about the disclosure of confidential information could be a hiccup to the progression of a key piece of pipeline safety legislation, although the bill’s co-sponsors remain optimistic a deal can be reached.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) and Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) are proposing the creation of a pipeline safety board, which would be charged with collecting and disseminating information related to planning, siting and construction of pipelines so as better to inform the public of potential safety risks and better coordinate state agency response.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

If a risk assessment tool suggested Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Luke Skywalker were highly likely to return to prison or cause trouble in society, should Pennsylvania use it?

That question, among others, confronted members of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Tuesday, as three days of public testimony kicked off in Philadelphia. Under scrutiny is the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument used to determine if an individual should be incarcerated or receive alternative sentencing.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

With only weeks left until the commonwealth’s children head back to school, flanked by medical professionals and Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Rep Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) introduced legislation they hope will increase vaccination in the commonwealth Tuesday. 

Immunizations, Frankel told a room of onlookers, are one of the 20th century’s most cost effective achievements when it comes to stopping the spread of life threatening diseases.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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