General Assembly starts 2018 with fewer faces and minor shakeups as lawmakers seek to focus on non-budgetary priorities

General Assembly starts 2018 with fewer faces and minor shakeups as lawmakers seek to focus on non-budgetary priorities

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly returned to Harrisburg Tuesday to fulfill its Article II, section 4 state constitutional obligation to meet annually at noon on the first Tuesday in January, it did so with fewer faces, one new face, and a call to move beyond the fiscal debates that have weighed down policy progress in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Monday unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) that would further centralize and incentivize agriculture education in Pennsylvania.

 

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education, which will be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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2017 primary election wrap

2017 primary election wrap

The results from the 2017 primary election in Pennsylvania are in and, like with any election, while a lot looks set to change, much will continue to remain the same.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was joined by Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington), law enforcement groups, and anti-rape advocacy organizations Wednesday morning to call for action on the issue of the growing backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania.

 

According to a recent special report issued by the Office of Auditor General, which used a mandated report issued by the Department of Health on untested rape kits, there are currently 3,044 untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and a backlog of 1,852 rape kits awaiting testing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

Work began in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly Tuesday to delay a ballot question set to appear during April’s primary election that, if approved, would increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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