Bill updating requirements of police body-worn cameras on its way to becoming law

In a near unanimous vote, the state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would clear the way for body worn cameras on police officers to be used more frequently.

Senate Bill 560 amends the state Wiretap Act to enable police officers to enter a private residence with an activated body-worn camera that audio-records conversations. Previously, an officer with a body-worn camera could only record, with audio, in a public space. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the potential merger of four human services-related state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services, the proposal to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole has flown a bit under the radar.

 

On Monday, however, the Senate Appropriations Committee took another step toward advancing the proposal to the governor’s desk.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Three days before the Wolf administration is set to announce the shuttering of two state correctional institutions, the Senate Republican and Democratic Policy committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to discuss and learn of the potential impacts the closures could have on the state and local communities.

 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit, five facilities are on the list of potential closures, which are slated to occur by June 30, 2017: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. 

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

The heads of three Senate committees stated Wednesday that they will be scheduling hearings in the coming weeks to vet the recent potential impact of the recently announced prison closures.

 

Late last week, the Department of Corrections announced the coming closure of two state prisons and released a list of five potential closures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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