5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

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 the arrest powers of school police officers to eliminating straight ticket voting, here are five bills to watch for the week of October 21. 
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

There is little doubt that criminal justice reform has been one of the biggest bipartisan movements in recent years in the Capitol, with members of both parties coalescing around reducing the state’s prison population to save money and give many offenders a second chance.

But now members are faced with a dilemma - as they search for ways to curtail gun violence across the commonwealth, should that kind of reform extend to those convicted of gun or violent crimes.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday his committee would not be taking up so-called red flag legislation, with Democrats saying they will exhaust any means necessary to get a top priority of gun control advocates across the line.

The comments from Chair Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) come on the same day his committee passed a raft of firearms bills, including ones to reimpose mandatory minimums on a range of gun and violent crimes, as well as a controversial proposal to make it harder for local governments to pass their own gun control measures.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of September 23

5 bills to watch for the week of September 23

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 local pre-emption of gun laws to "In God we Trust," here are five bills to watch for the week of September 23.
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers

Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers

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 reform how parole and commutations are recommended in Pennsylvania, implement unpaid family leave for school activities and update a new law regarding public school police officers.

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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