Following budget’s completion, lawmakers look to solidify coming legislative agenda

Following budget’s completion, lawmakers look to solidify coming legislative agenda

With the governor signing most of the budget-related bills Monday, lawmakers in the General Assembly are turning their attention to solidifying their coming agenda for what they would like to see get done between now and the coming budget in the spring/summer of 2018.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Legislature's push to narrow abortion laws continues to draw debate, veto threat

VIDEO: Legislature's push to narrow abortion laws continues to draw debate, veto threat

Senate Bill 3--legislation awaiting House action that would restrict current abortion laws--has been highly debated since it came up. Take a look at the video to see the different sides of the issue.

Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Three days before the Wolf administration is set to announce the shuttering of two state correctional institutions, the Senate Republican and Democratic Policy committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to discuss and learn of the potential impacts the closures could have on the state and local communities.

 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit, five facilities are on the list of potential closures, which are slated to occur by June 30, 2017: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. 

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Right to Know Law update bill clears Senate

Right to Know Law update bill clears Senate

The Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 411, legislation introduced by Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) that would make substantial updates to Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law.

Sen. Pileggi was the prime sponsor of the current Right to Know Law’s implementing legislation.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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