Marsy's Law garners support for Pennsylvania crime victims to have constitutional rights

Marsy's Law garners support for Pennsylvania crime victims to have constitutional rights

Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania kicked off it’s campaign Tuesday to amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to strengthen crime victims’ rights. 


The national campaign strives to amend state constitutions to include specific provisions to provide protections for victims whose cases are ongoing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Newer Perspectives with Sen. Guy Reschenthaler

VIDEO: Newer Perspectives with Sen. Guy Reschenthaler

Sen. Guy Reschethaler (R-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter for our latest ongoing series: Newer Perspectives, where we sit down with the legislators who are 35 or younger to see what they bring to the legislature and how their views might be different than their more veteran colleagues.

Friday, September 29, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Dozens of advocates filled the Pittsburgh City Council chambers Wednesday during a public comment period before council members in an effort to spur officials to designate Pittsburgh as an official sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

The public comment period was brought to city council by a petition campaign driven by Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition. Public forums in front of city council can be triggered by petitions with 25 collected signatures.

Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition’s petition requests that city council pass legislation that would codify Pittsburgh as a so-called “sanctuary city”, which would make it illegal for any city agencies and the Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). There is no drafted legislation to designate Pittsburgh as a sanctuary city currently in city council.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Grassroots petition sparks Pittsburgh public hearing on becoming a 'sanctuary city'

Discussion of making Pittsburgh a so-called “sanctuary city” made a comeback Tuesday after City Council made preliminary steps toward honoring a petition by city residents requesting a public hearing on such legislation to make Pittsburgh “a truly welcoming City for all.”  


According to their Facebook page, the Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition filed the petition to City Council earlier this month to codify in law that all city public services should be made accessible to everyone regardless of immigration status, origin, color of skin, sexual orientation, religion or language.  


“The legislation should make it illegal for all City agencies, Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with the Immigration Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and to disclose information about the immigration status of any person,” reads the petition.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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