Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

The Pennsylvania Senate sent legislation to tighten laws around hazing and phase out the Keystone exams as graduation requirements to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Monday, both of which he announced his intent to sign.
Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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First round of school safety funding allocated to more than 250 districts, law enforcement agencies

First round of school safety funding allocated to more than 250 districts, law enforcement agencies

Pennsylvania handed out $8.4 million in school safety grants Thursday.

The money, separate from the $60 million allocated during the year’s budget, will aid 269 different school or law enforcement entities with reducing violence in and around schools, whether with school resource officers, training, metal detectors or ID systems.

“Parents and students deserve to have confidence that our classrooms are safe places for children and teachers,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.
Friday, October 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Soaring rhetoric and thunderous applause greeted the Pennsylvania House’s amendment of the civil window into a statute of limitations bill Monday.

"I don't give a damn if [abuse] happened 40 minutes ago or 40 years ago,” Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) said on the floor to a round of cheers from fellow members and the gallery filled with victims of abuse.

After the amended SB 261 moved out of the House by a vote of 173-21 Tuesday however, the Senate expressed no desire to quickly concur on the legislation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees

State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees

All state correctional institutions are on indefinite lockdown Wednesday as the administration deals with more reports of unknown substances sickening state corrections officers.

During August, 29 staff members have fallen ill in ten of Pennsylvania's prisons after coming into contact with the substances. State Police testing since has only revealed that one case involved synthetic cannabinoids.

“The safety and security of our employees is my number one concern,” Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said in a statement. “Our state prisons, especially those in the western part of the state, have experienced recent incidents in which employees have been sickened and we need to get to the bottom of this issue now.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Janus impact on women of color, gender pay gap in Democrats' spotlight

Janus impact on women of color, gender pay gap in Democrats' spotlight

Marking Black Women Equal Pay Day earlier this week, Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) hosted a hearing in Philadelphia to discuss the impact on women of color of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

The date, August 7, represents how long it takes for women of color to make the same amount of money than their white male counterparts by the end of the previous year.
 
“On average, black women are paid 38 cents [per dollar] less than white men,” Cephas said. “They face double discrimination based on gender and racial biases.”

Friday, August 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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