Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood expressed confidence Monday that a sweeping retooling of the state’s pardons and parole process would clear the General Assembly, with the Senate slated to hold hearings on the bill later this week.

Flood told reporters following a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon that he did expect some potential changes to the bill, which will not likely be considered until the fall. But, he added, he expected the bill to still be a net positive for those on probation or parole in the state.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

We get it, session weeks are busy. That's why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From career and technical education to voting machines, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 24.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Incumbent Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney beat back a primary challenge from Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) Tuesday, clearing the way for a second term. Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of two Senate seats and a spot in the state House, bringing their drought in 2019 special elections to an end.

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman won races to replace retiring Senators Don White (R-Indiana) and Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) respectively, while Marci Mustello defeated Democrat Sam Doctor to fill the seat vacated by embattled former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler). Those victories come after Democrats regained control of two House seats and flipped a state Senate seat in special elections earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 5: Harrisburg with a soupcon of Philly

Right 2 Know Episode 5: Harrisburg with a soupcon of Philly

Andrew and Justin talk tax revenue, regulatory reform and abortion (with a smidgen of French language content mixed in). Meanwhile, Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino sits down with Philly mayor candidate and Sen. Anthony Williams about his campaign and the city's relationship with Harrisburg. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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