With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

After weeks of speculation, a Senate committee advanced a proposal Monday to increase the state’s minimum wage, potentially setting up another showdown between Gov. Tom Wolf and the members of his own party over whether to compromise on one of their key legislative priorities.

Despite Wolf’s hopes of a $15 an hour minimum wage, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee signed off on a more modest proposal: a minimum wage which rises to $9.50 an hour in 2022. In exchange, Wolf’s office will put on hold a controversial expansion to the state’s overtime law, agreeing to keep it in line with federal regulations until 2023.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

The General Assembly acted on a series of bills Monday that have reignited a debate over abortion and how involved the government should be in reproductive care.  

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted on Monday to advance two bills to the Senate floor — one that would ban abortions based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and another that would require doctors to inform women with unviable pregnancies of perinatal hospice care options. 
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Wednesday the first hearing in years to examine the state’s statute of limitations to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue the institutions which shielded their abusers, although it is unclear whether the meeting signals a sea change within the chamber.

The hearing comes as new Senate Judiciary chair Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Monroe) says she is exploring action on the matter. Victim advocates praised the fact that multiple panels of sexual abuse survivors were featured but it remains to be seen whether their advocacy will push the Senate to take action after the House passed a two-bill package in the spring.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers touted the importance of re-entry programs for former inmates at a Capitol news conference Monday, as a key lawmaker said she hoped to see a package of criminal justice reform bills pass the Senate by the end of the month.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) led the press conference, flanked by former inmates who are now leading the criminal justice reform fight.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf announces PA to join US climate alliance, releases state climate action plan

Wolf announces PA to join US climate alliance, releases state climate action plan

On Monday morning, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by legislators, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and others to release the state’s new climate action plan and announce that Pennsylvania will be joining the US Climate Alliance.
Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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