With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

After weeks of speculation, a Senate committee advanced a proposal Monday to increase the state’s minimum wage, potentially setting up another showdown between Gov. Tom Wolf and the members of his own party over whether to compromise on one of their key legislative priorities.

Despite Wolf’s hopes of a $15 an hour minimum wage, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee signed off on a more modest proposal: a minimum wage which rises to $9.50 an hour in 2022. In exchange, Wolf’s office will put on hold a controversial expansion to the state’s overtime law, agreeing to keep it in line with federal regulations until 2023.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

Vote on heartbeat abortion ban possible "before the end of the year"

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains, coming just months after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar law in Indiana.

Supporters of the measure, authored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), believe it will give families choice and closure during a difficult time. The bill would also give parents the right to request the remains to bury themselves, if they so choose.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Right 2 Know Episode 23: Sit down with Rep. Mike Schlossberg

Right 2 Know Episode 23: Sit down with Rep. Mike Schlossberg

This week on Right 2 Know we ring in lawmakers' return to Harrisburg by interviewing Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh). We talk with him about how his personal experience has informed his work on mental health policy, what more the commonwealth should be doing for those in need of behavioral health services and get an update on the Suicide Prevention Taskforce. He also does a stellar impression of Rep. Marty Flynn and tells us his favorite Muppets character. Like what you hear? Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, September 20, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

“Paid for by taxpayer dollars.”

 

If House Bill 355 sees as much success in the Senate as it did in the House this week, all advertisements for Pennsylvania charter schools would be barred from marketing their tuition and transportation as free, and would instead be required to note that their services are paid for by Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

A bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis cleared the House Tuesday, prompting cheers from abortion opponents. 15 Democrats joined an overwhelming majority of their Republican colleagues in supporting the controversial proposal.

But a first glance at the roll call vote on HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), belies its significance relative to the changing profile of the Democratic Caucus in the House. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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