Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

After weeks of speculation, lawmakers formerly unveiled Monday a proposal to devote millions of dollars to boosting the state’s nuclear power plants, but the measure is likely to prompt heated debate over what critics consider to be a bailout of the nuclear energy industry.

The plan, touted by Rep. Thomas Mahaffie (R-Dauphin) and other nuclear advocates, say their plan would add nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio, putting it on the same level as wind or solar energy. They argue it is necessary to save upwards of 16,000 jobs, as well as help the state achieve its clean energy and economic goals. 

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

Educators, superintendents, and community members joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia Wednesday to discuss the state’s “fair funding” formula and the struggles it creates for some school districts.

Pennsylvania changed the funding formula for school districts in 2015 with the goal of resolving imbalanced support of education across the commonwealth. While new funds have been subject to this distribution model, stark differences remain, as some districts are millions behind their needs while others receive millions more based on per-student costs.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
State reps discuss environmental issues in Philadelphia

State reps discuss environmental issues in Philadelphia

Three of Philadelphia’s new state representatives met with voters in Olde Kensington on Thursday night to promote their upcoming bills that focus on tackling environmental causes.

Representatives Joe Hohenstein, Mary Isaacson and Malcolm Kenyatta shook hands and took questions from their constituents at Original 13 Ciderworks, a local brewpub in Kenyatta’s 181st district. The evening was hosted by PA Conservation Voters, PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club.

Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Members comment on the passing of Rep. Mike O'Brien

Members comment on the passing of Rep. Mike O'Brien

Members of the House of Representatives spoke to The PLS Reporter about the death of theicolleague Rep. Mike O'Brien (D-Philadelphia) . 

O'Brien died at age 64 from a heart attack and was a member of the House of Representatives for the last 12 years.
Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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