Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Sen. Bob Mensch’s (R-Montgomery) Senate Resolution 237, which would encourage county and local government and emergency services agencies to work with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Public Safety Radio to create interoperability for the latest iteration of the Statewide Radio Network (STARnet), recently was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 

It is the latest move in an effort to solve the decades-long process of creating a statewide public safety radio network.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate committee takes deep dive into Stop & Go crackdown possibilities

Senate committee takes deep dive into Stop & Go crackdown possibilities

Continuing what has been something of a budget-season sidelight, the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday held a hearing with members of the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to examine the legislature’s options in terms of cracking down on so-called Stop & Go liquor establishments.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment & Government Operation held a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed operational fee for Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

In order to increase funding for state police, Gov. Wolf has proposed a $25 per capita fee on local municipalities that do not otherwise have full time or part time police coverage.

Legislators had preliminary concerns about creating the $25 fee, because the average cost is around $225 for a trooper, and they believe this number could rise in the future costing taxpayers much more money.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views

Gov. Wolf revokes Lt. Gov. Stack’s state police detail

According to the governor’s office Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf has revoked the State Police coverage given to Lt. Gov. Michael Stack and his wife Tonya as a result of allegations of maltreatment of both his State Police protection and staff at The State House in Ft. Indiantown Gap that have led to an investigation by the Office of Inspector General into both his conduct and that of his wife.

 

In a statement offered Friday afternoon, Gov. Wolf’s press secretary JJ Abbott said the governor hand-delivered a letter to Lt. Gov. Stack informing him of the decision.

Sunday, April 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was joined by Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington), law enforcement groups, and anti-rape advocacy organizations Wednesday morning to call for action on the issue of the growing backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania.

 

According to a recent special report issued by the Office of Auditor General, which used a mandated report issued by the Department of Health on untested rape kits, there are currently 3,044 untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and a backlog of 1,852 rape kits awaiting testing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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