Over 23,000 use new school safety tip line, though concerns center on student mental health

Over 23,000 use new school safety tip line, though concerns center on student mental health

Lawmakers are touting the success of a tip line set up to field concerns about school safety, although most of the calls are related to bullying or mental health issues rather than a potential mass shooting.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office announced Monday statistics from the first year of the Safe2Say program, which was launched in the wake of school shootings in Parkland, Fla. and Santa Fe, Tex. 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

Speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon on Monday, Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller rebuked calls for a work requirement for Medicaid recipients, proposals for which have surfaced — and been passed — in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in recent years.

Miller questioned the effectiveness of requiring Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for keeping their health care services, which she said has resulted in large losses in health care in other states.

Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills you may have missed during budget season

5 bills you may have missed during budget season

Amid the crunch of budget negotiations, the General Assembly was busy passing dozens of bills beyond the state’s $33.9 billion spending plan. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of them in recent days to much fanfare, but many others have flown under the radar. We took some time to profile five of the most interesting laws that came out of budget season.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

In an event as bipartisan as they come, House and Senate leaders gathered in the Rotunda Wednesday for the yearly Capitol All Stars Bat Grab, which allows winning captains to select two players of their choice for the annual Capitol All Stars Game in September.


Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), captains of the Youse team, selected Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), after Scarnati won the bat grab competition against Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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