Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would enact more safeguards to cut down on wrongful convictions, increase daycare safety through smoke detector inspections and expand access to solar energy.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

The budget deadline of June 30th has been inching closer this week, and as of Friday morning the budget and all of its code bills have passed both chambers are headed to the Governor's desk. 

Also this week chaos broke out on the Senate floor over the General Assistance bill causing the Senate Democrats to leave the floor. 

And lastly, legislators did a toast to 13 agricultural and farm related bills passing and being sent out for a signature from Governor Tom Wolf. 

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor

Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor

In what Democrats called an “unprecedented” move, Senate Republicans Wednesday elected to abruptly halt amendments and pass a bill ending cash assistance for poor or disabled Pennsylvanians.

In a chaotic flurry of activity, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) took over as presiding officer from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, as Republicans moved to dispense with a half dozen Democratic amendments and vote on the bill.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

In an event as bipartisan as they come, House and Senate leaders gathered in the Rotunda Wednesday for the yearly Capitol All Stars Bat Grab, which allows winning captains to select two players of their choice for the annual Capitol All Stars Game in September.


Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), captains of the Youse team, selected Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), after Scarnati won the bat grab competition against Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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