Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Controversy has erupted over a prayer that opened today’s House session which some lawmakers believe was offensive in light of the swearing-in of Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia), the first Muslim woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  

The prayer was given by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton), who drew the ire come of her colleagues after she described Jesus as the “only hope” in the prayer and thanked President Donald Trump for standing beside Israel. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced Monday the emergency removal of the remaining students at Glen Mills School. 

The Delaware County residential education school for juvenile delinquents currently houses 107 students, 64 from in-state. Some counties and states have previously removed their assigned students after reports of abuse and cover-ups came to light. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative

Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative

Monday marked a historic day for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as the House of Representatives swore in Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) as the newest member of the chamber — and also the first Muslim woman in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 
 
Johnson-Harrell now represents the 190th legislative district, which covers a portion of Philadelphia. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, veterans highlight need for smoother pathway between military service, professional licenses

Legislators, veterans highlight need for smoother pathway between military service, professional licenses

Legislators are plotting a renewed push to streamline professional licensure for veterans in an attempt to make it easier to use experience obtained during military service towards securing a college degree or job certification.

Both military and civilian officials told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Monday that work is needed to reduce the time and expense needed for veterans to obtain licensing in fields ranging from teaching to becoming an EMT.
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat

Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat

On a brisk November night in 2012, D. Raja conceded defeat for the District 37 state Senate seat to Democrat Matt Smith. The vote was close and the season marked by a tense primary and even more contentious general election. In the end Raja walked away with 47 percent of the vote compared to Smith’s 53 percent. The loss was disappointing, but it wasn’t the end of Raja’s political career in the county.

Seven years, a radio show, multiple boards, and an ascension as the chairman of the Allegheny County Republican Committee later - when same seat became vacant with Guy Reschenthaler leaving for congress, Raja decided the time was right to run again.

Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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