Gift ban legislation clears critical House committee

Gift ban legislation clears critical House committee

In what would be a monumental change to state ethics requirements, the House State Government Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would ban public officials from taking cash gifts and tighten restrictions for what other gifts they may receive.

House Bill 1945 was reported out of committee after a unanimous vote and would update state law to ban all cash gifts to public officials and employees.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
“Enough is enough”: Lawmakers call for increased criminal penalties for bullies

“Enough is enough”: Lawmakers call for increased criminal penalties for bullies

Roughly one in five students admit having been bullied at some point during their schooling, a statistic that does not exempt members of the General Assembly.

As part of a bipartisan push to strengthen criminal penalties for bullies, legislators ditched statistics and policy on Tuesday and settled for a different approach to get their point across: personal experience.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

House lawmakers passed a controversial bill Tuesday that would mandate medical facilities bury or cremate fetal remains following a stillbirth or miscarriage.

 

Under the legislation, health care facilities would be required to bury or cremate fetal remains, while families would have the option of taking possession of the remains for a private ritual burial.

Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

The General Assembly acted on a series of bills Monday that have reignited a debate over abortion and how involved the government should be in reproductive care.  

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted on Monday to advance two bills to the Senate floor — one that would ban abortions based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and another that would require doctors to inform women with unviable pregnancies of perinatal hospice care options. 
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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
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