Democrats consider sexual assault reporting bill for college campuses

Democrats consider sexual assault reporting bill for college campuses

The House Democratic Policy Committee discussed House Bill 962, the Safe Campuses Act, during Friday’s public hearing at Temple University.

Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia), the bill’s prime sponsor, wants Pennsylvania to require all post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities to adopt policies to have a uniform standard for reporting sexual harassment.

Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Republicans point budget blame finger back at Wolf

Republicans point budget blame finger back at Wolf

In their first big face-to-face pow-wow following the governor’s line-item veto of a budget proposal they sent him before Christmas, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republican leaders emerged with a short-term budget game plan and a common enemy in an old foe: Gov. Tom Wolf.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democrats sound off on budget, property tax reform

House Democrats sound off on budget, property tax reform

House Democrats are already chalking up a win in their column for this budget cycle: Being included in the process.

“The good news is, unlike the last four years, House Democrats have been meeting with the governor,” said Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). “That’s a welcomed change and it’s going well.”

He also said the caucus leadership is excited to see Rep. Stan Saylor’s (R-York) property tax legislation get a committee vote this week as it puts a vehicle in place to input common-ground findings on the issue.

“It’s an indication and a sign that we can hopefully find some common ground on the property tax issue and the rest of the budget issues,” he stated. 

Monday, April 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Minimum wage hike, revenue growth to top House Democrats’ agenda

With the first voting days of the 2015-2016 session just days away, House Democrats hope to push an agenda in the coming session they feel is shared by Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Last week, The PLS Reporter previewed the session priorities of House and Senate Republicans.

Not unlike their Republican counterparts, House Democrats feel priority number one needs to be focusing on how to reduce the $2 billion planning deficit facing the upcoming budget.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawsuit challenging some line-item vetoes could be filed by end of the month

Just over three months ago, Gov. Tom Corbett line-item vetoed various portions of the General Appropriations bill and the Fiscal Code, largely cutting or moving expenditures aimed toward the legislature.

Tuesday, The PLS Reporter talked to all four caucuses to discuss their financial outlook and what their feelings are on overriding the governor’s vetoes or pursuing legal action.

Differing views were found among the caucuses.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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