Despite big election swing, Senate leadership unchanged

While the Pennsylvania Senate had its biggest electoral swing since 1954, it was not roiled by the same number of leadership changes as in the House.

While eight incumbent senators, all Republicans, either retired, resigned, ran for higher office or lost an election, the chamber only lost one minor leadership figure: Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks), the caucus administrator, who retired.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views

Eleven dead in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; lawmakers pledge to push back hate

Wolf: "These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need."
Saturday, October 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

As pressure continues to mount on the Senate to pass a bill to help survivors of child abuse, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said a deal was nearly in place


“We have almost all the components to a bill agreed to with a [victim’s compensation] fund,” Scarnati said. “We’re down to looking at what a window would look like. Attorneys are working, I’m working, we’re trying to come up with a compromise, something that Rep. [Mark] Rozzi will like.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

After two years of pushing for a bill to restrict domestic abusers access to firearms, Deb Marteslo, Pennsylvania lead for Moms Demand Action, was nervous before the last barrier to the governor’s desk — a final floor vote in the state Senate.

“We’ve been stymied so many times, I wasn’t allowing myself to think it’s a done deal,” Marteslo said.

But by a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the senators approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

A bill meant to strip firearms from convicted domestic abusers advanced out of committee Monday, but details have Senators from both sides of the aisle questioning the bill despite a similar measure passing unanimously in spring.

Passed last week by a bipartisan 131-62 margin in the House, HB 2060 shortens the length of time from 60 days to 24 hours for a final PFA recipient to hand over their guns, while also removing a provision that allowed friends and family hold to hold the firearms for safekeeping.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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