Did You Get The Memo? Veterans Courts, mental health care access and penalties for crimes against disabled individuals

Did You Get The Memo? Veterans Courts, mental health care access and penalties for crimes against disabled individuals

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 expand access to Veterans Courts, strengthen penalties for those who assault disabled individuals and direct the Joint State Government Commission to study mental health care access. 
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Wednesday the first hearing in years to examine the state’s statute of limitations to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue the institutions which shielded their abusers, although it is unclear whether the meeting signals a sea change within the chamber.

The hearing comes as new Senate Judiciary chair Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Monroe) says she is exploring action on the matter. Victim advocates praised the fact that multiple panels of sexual abuse survivors were featured but it remains to be seen whether their advocacy will push the Senate to take action after the House passed a two-bill package in the spring.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church-One Year Later

Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church-One Year Later

It has been over a year since the issuance of a grand jury report following a two-year investigation by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie, Greensburg, Allentown, and Scranton. The grand jury reviewed over 500,000 pages of internal diocesan documents and interviewed dozens of witnesses to conclude that there were “credible allegations” against over 300 priests which involved over 1,000 child victims.

Monday, August 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features
As House approves child sex abuse bills, Senate Democrats present their competing proposal to reform statute of limitations

As House approves child sex abuse bills, Senate Democrats present their competing proposal to reform statute of limitations

Efforts to reform the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse got more complicated Wednesday, as Senate Democrats unveiled a broader piece of legislation which includes a retroactive window for victims to file suit against their perpetrators and the institutions that shielded them.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with four freshmen senators, led by Sen. Tim Kearney (D-Delaware) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), are pushing a bill which eliminates the criminal and civil statute of limitations for certain sex crimes against both minors and adults.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Video
House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

A House committee overwhelmingly voted to approve a two-bill package designed to strengthen the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse, despite concerns from some that a change in tactic is unlikely to produce desired reforms.

The bills, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), attempt to skirt past concerns with a proposed retroactive window, where victims of pedophilia could file suit against their accusers and the institutions that shielded them if the statute of limitations had already expired.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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