Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole

Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole

Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia) held a press conference to introduce Senate Bill 942 and House Bill 135, which aim to end life without parole in Pennsylvania. 

The bills would allow those who convicted second degree murder to go before the parole board after 25 years, and those who are convicted of first degree murder to go before the board after 35 years. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Returning citizens, advocates offer solutions to House Democratic Policy Committee

Returning citizens, advocates offer solutions to House Democratic Policy Committee

The House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony from citizens who have served prison time, from the powerful to the pedestrian. They told legislators Tuesday night at Temple University that the system needs more resources to help rehabilitate inmates and avoid recidivism.

80,000 adults are currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania, about one percent of the state’s population, according to the Pennsylvania Prison Society. The state spends over $2 billion annually on the Department of Corrections and Governor Wolf has proposed an increase of over $5 million for the 2019-20 budget.

Thursday, April 25, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers

Controversy has erupted over a prayer that opened today’s House session which some lawmakers believe was offensive in light of the swearing-in of Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia), the first Muslim woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  

The prayer was given by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton), who drew the ire come of her colleagues after she described Jesus as the “only hope” in the prayer and thanked President Donald Trump for standing beside Israel. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia Parking Authority talks amending powers to possibly give additional funding to city and school district

Philadelphia Parking Authority talks amending powers to possibly give additional funding to city and school district

The Philadelphia Parking Authority implored the state legislature at a public hearing in Philadelphia Tuesday to alter state law so it can generate more money for both the city and the school district. 

To do this, the PPA wants the General Assembly to amend the current delegation of for cities of the first class, of which Philadelphia is the only one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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