4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

We get it, session weeks are busy--even when they’re non-voting session weeks. That’s why we put together a list of bills being discussed in a packed Judiciary Committee hearing next week to help you know where to focus your attention. From occupational licensure reform to JRI2, here are four bills to watch in that major hearing.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors

In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors

In a historic day for sex abuse survivors, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday signed into law a package of bills that expand legal remedies for survivors and strengthen the law to protect victims of child sex abuse.

The legislation acts on a series of recommendations from a bombshell grand jury report that revealed widespread child sex abuse by over 300 Catholic priests belonging to Pennsylvania dioceses.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

The Senate signed off Wednesday night on major reforms to the state’s statute of limitations, an effort to better protect victims of sex abuse, and achieving in the process what many considered to be a Sisyphean effort.

After two sessions of coming up short in approving a two-year retroactive window for victims to sue their abusers, regardless of when the statute of limitations expired, lawmakers took a different tact this session, opting to create the window via an amendment to the state’s constitution.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
As rural hospitals take a beating, facilities hope state, federal partnerships will improve prospects

As rural hospitals take a beating, facilities hope state, federal partnerships will improve prospects

JERSEY SHORE, Pa.—The rural nature of Jersey Shore is quickly apparent as you peel off of the highway, undertaking a final 45-minute trek that scales the Lycoming County hillside and gives the data signal of even the heartiest cell phone provider a beating.

No, no, not that Jersey Shore. Unlike its Garden State counterpart, the town of 4,100 nestled along the Susquehanna River lacks reality TV stars, sandy beaches or boardwalks.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

The recent announcement that a state correctional facility in Luzerne County is set for closure has sparked a scramble among lawmakers, area residents and unions to keep the prison open.

But as concerns over the closure of SCI Retreat largely focus on the impact of an economically depressed part of the state, many are questioning the moral ramifications of using prisons as economic stimulants in the first place.
Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: Features
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