Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

 In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would legalize syringe exchange programs in Pennsylvania, provide paid and unpaid leave for military spouses and tighten restrictions for smoking in public across the state.  
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Dems, faith leaders push for tougher hate crime penalties

Dems, faith leaders push for tougher hate crime penalties

A bevy of lawmakers and faith leaders from across the commonwealth unveiled Wednesday a package of bills to better address hate crimes, coming less than a week after the anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Led by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), whose district includes the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting took place, the bills would give the state attorney general concurrent jurisdiction in hate crimes, expand legally protected groups and give law enforcement and educational institutions more resources to combat incidents of hate and bias.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

In previous years when synagogues and other Jewish organizations in Pittsburgh received anti-Semitic hate mail, they merely threw it away. 

But such threats are now harder to ignore. The Tree of Life massacre, an anti-Semitic shooting that took place in Squirrel Hill a year ago which left 11 dead, marked a watershed moment for faith groups in the city. Now those letters which were previously dumped in the trash are instead forwarded to a director of Jewish community security and then on to the FBI.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

In the year that has followed the Tree of Life massacre, which left 11 people dead and several others injured, Democratic lawmakers inside and outside of city limits have sought gun control with varying degrees of success. Hoping to understand the causes and the impact it has on the community, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), as a Pittsburgh native and the chair of the Health Committee, called a hearing to discuss gun violence and its impact on public health on Friday. 

From a mental health perspective, Dr. John Rozel, the president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, stressed the importance of understanding that most mentally ill people aren’t violent and that the consequences of experiencing gun violence can last a lifetime.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

With only weeks left until the commonwealth’s children head back to school, flanked by medical professionals and Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Rep Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) introduced legislation they hope will increase vaccination in the commonwealth Tuesday. 

Immunizations, Frankel told a room of onlookers, are one of the 20th century’s most cost effective achievements when it comes to stopping the spread of life threatening diseases.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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