Federal judge rules $200 million in last year's budget unconstitutionally allocated

Federal judge rules $200 million in last year's budget unconstitutionally allocated

A federal judge overturned part of Pennsylvania’s 2017 budget compromise Thursday.

The decision, by federal Judge Christopher Conner, found that a transfer of $200 million into the General Fund from a state-funded organization meant to finance the purchase of malpractice insurance violated the constitutional right to due process.

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

The redistricting push is set to pick back up next week as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) is expected to introduce his redistricting bill, while the Senate plans to amend the prime redistricting bill pushed by advocates.

SB 22, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission modeled on California’s process. The bill has been heavily favored by an alliance of advocacy groups, including Fair Districts PA. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Keeping Up with the Neighbors: Maryland's gerrymandering saga

Keeping Up with the Neighbors: Maryland's gerrymandering saga

Editor's Note: This story is part of an ongoing series from The PLS Reporter that examines how neighboring states deal with similar issues in state government.

While Pennsylvania’s gerrymandering saga pitted Democrats against a Republican-engineered Congressional district map, in Maryland’s own gerrymandering fight, the script is flipped. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Sen. Schwank talks bill to criminalize the act of sextortion

VIDEO: Sen. Schwank talks bill to criminalize the act of sextortion

A new term some might be unfamiliar with is sextortion, so what exactly is it? The PLS Reporter spoke with Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), who discussed sextortion and her bill to address it.

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Activists push higher taxes for education to Philadelphia council

Activists push higher taxes for education to Philadelphia council

Philadelphia education activists demanded to be heard Wednesday about their mounting concerns about the school district’s funding and how it’s being used.

City Council’s Committee of the Whole allowed the public to provide testimony about proposed funding for The School District of Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
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