Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week. Victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and held personal conversations with senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

But Wednesday, the last voting day before the Nov. 6 elections, there never was a vote on SB 261 — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s (R-Jefferson) own bill, amended in the House to include a civil window that he refused to back. 
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261

Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined other legislators and advocates for Senate Bill 261 at a late night press conference Wednesday night. 

The speakers shared their disappointment in the Senate not voting on SB 261 and are hoping to be in again to vote on the bill before the year is over. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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As abuse victims line hallways, debate rages behind closed doors over civil window

As abuse victims line hallways, debate rages behind closed doors over civil window

With a well-tailored pinstripe suit, white pocket square and small black ribbon pin, Arthur Baselice stood sentinel by the door to the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Quietly, the former Philadelphia police detective held a sign with a picture of his son, Arthur III, and the two priests who abused him as a high schooler. The younger Arthur ended up dying of a drug overdose while attempting to deal with the trauma.

Occasionally wiping away tears, occasionally profane, Baselice, one of dozens of survivors to fill the Senate Monday, relayed his belief that the Senate needed to pass SB 261. The bill sponsored by Scarnati was amended in the House to include an option Scarnati calls unconstitutional and opposes: the civil window.

Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Uber hands over $5.7 million, updates procedures in data breach settlement to Pennsylvania

Uber hands over $5.7 million, updates procedures in data breach settlement to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is receiving $5.7 million from a settlement with rideshare giant Uber after the company failed to report a breach of drivers’ confidential data for a year.

Of the total, $1.35 million will go directly to the state’s drivers — in $100 payments to the 13,500 impacted. The rest will go to the state’s consumer protection program.

Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

Mary McHale was sexually assaulted by her priest as a teen, and her experience is one of over a thousand included in the state’s grand jury report released last month.

Speaking at a press conference this week, flanked by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and local DAs, she took a hard stance against legislative opposition to the grand jury report.

“If you don’t support this bill, you are standing with the pedophiles,” McHale said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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