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
Categories: News and Views
Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

Following an independent investigation into sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), the Pennsylvania Senate’s leading Democrat is calling on Leach to resign.

 

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released a statement Thursday demanding that Leach resign due to a “lengthy pattern of troubling behavior” that created an “unprofessional and sexualized environment.”

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joined on Monday morning to discuss legislation that they co-sponsored that deals with the hate crimes that have been happening in the Commonwealth.

SB 676 is called the Tolerance, Respect and Understanding Program, also known as TRU.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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