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
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Yudichak to register as independent, caucus with GOP in blow to Democratic hopes of re-taking Senate

Yudichak to register as independent, caucus with GOP in blow to Democratic hopes of re-taking Senate

Sen. John Yudichak, a moderate lawmaker from Luzerne County, announced Tuesday he would be leaving the Democratic party and changing his registration to independent, leaving Democrats short an important seat in their fight to retain control of the upper chamber.

Yudichak, who will now be caucusing with Republicans, said in a letter that the decision came as a result of the increasingly partisan nature of the General Assembly. He won re-election for a third Senate term last year in a district that is becoming increasingly conservative, including parts of rural Luzerne and Carbon counties.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

A proposal that would require construction firms use the federal E-Verify program is set to take effect after the governor allowed it to become law without his signature, a rare move he has generally reserved only for budget documents.

The law, authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) and Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks), is intended to ensure that construction workers are legally allowed to work in the U.S. E-Verify cross-checks information provided by an applicant with Social Security and federal immigration records to determine their immigration status.
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Following the passage of a controversial bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, immigrant groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation, which would prohibit unauthorized workers from being employed in construction trades.

 

The bill, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, would require construction industry employers to verify whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the U.S. and prohibit construction companies from employing undocumented and unauthorized workers. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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