Boscola targets ambiguities in pet euthanasia law with new bill

Boscola targets ambiguities in pet euthanasia law with new bill

The Animal Destruction Method Authorization Law states that injectable euthanasia is the accepted method for killing a domestic animal, but ambiguities in the law do little to prevent owners from killing an animal by firearm if they deem it ill or aggressive. Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) wants to clarify definitions in the law to ensure proper enforcement of animal cruelty. 


“How can injection be said as the only form of destruction?” Boscola asked. “What is there to prevent a cat or dog owner from shooting them?” Boscola filed a cosponsor memo in October asking for support for a bill to resolve the ambiguities.

Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) wants to give municipalities the option to implement ranked-choice voting in their local elections in this latest effort in election reform.

Earlier this month, Williams introduced a memorandum seeking co-sponsorship for legislation giving the option for ranked-choice local elections in order to “improve civic engagement and voter turnout in Pennsylvania’s municipal elections.”

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

A recommendation by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to replace the Keystone Exams with the SATs has brought mixed reactions from legislators and education associations. 

At a July 10 press conference, DePasquale outlined recommendations to save Pennsylvania money on the basis that implementing the SATs as the commonwealth’s standardized test would save “at least $1 million annually.” While education associations are not against looking at alternative standardized tests, many have expressed concerns about the validity of the cost estimate and the effects on curriculum and evaluation requirements.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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