Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

A sweeping update to the Pennsylvania Election Code sailed through the General Assembly this week, paving the way for one of the largest election code reforms in years.

 

The agreed-upon negotiation from the Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf would provide $90 million in state aid to help counties shoulder the costs of new voting machines prior to next year’s presidential election.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

There is little doubt that criminal justice reform has been one of the biggest bipartisan movements in recent years in the Capitol, with members of both parties coalescing around reducing the state’s prison population to save money and give many offenders a second chance.

But now members are faced with a dilemma - as they search for ways to curtail gun violence across the commonwealth, should that kind of reform extend to those convicted of gun or violent crimes.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday his committee would not be taking up so-called red flag legislation, with Democrats saying they will exhaust any means necessary to get a top priority of gun control advocates across the line.

The comments from Chair Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) come on the same day his committee passed a raft of firearms bills, including ones to reimpose mandatory minimums on a range of gun and violent crimes, as well as a controversial proposal to make it harder for local governments to pass their own gun control measures.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: Video
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
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