Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1—the major pension reform bill making its way through the General Assembly—easily cleared the Senate by a vote of 40-9 Monday afternoon. Within only a few short hours, the legislation was quickly taken up by the House State Government Committee where it advanced to full House along bipartisan lines.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reintroduced PA Fairness Act aims to protect the PA LGBT community

Reintroduced PA Fairness Act aims to protect the PA LGBT community

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) recently announced that has reintroduced his proposal that would create the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.

The legislation, this session in House Bill 1410, has bipartisan support in the legislature and its goal is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination statewide in the workplace, housing market, and public accommodations. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined in Philadelphia Wednesday by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and abortion rights advocates to reiterate his promised veto of Senate Bill 3, legislation that passed the Senate earlier this month that would restrict abortions to only occur before 20 weeks and ban so-called dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Adding on to state and local proposals already being floated, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (District 1) introduced on Thursday a proposal that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” from being practiced on LGBTQ youths within the city.

 

“Conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, is a practice whereby a mental health professional tries to alter a person’s sexual identity or sexual orientation.

 

According to a statement, the ban would not apply to mainstream therapies that facilitate support or acceptance of LGBTQ identities, social support or identity exploration, or that address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

Legislators, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ), and allies of the LGBTQ community stood together in the main rotunda to lobby for fair and non-discriminatory legislation on this issue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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