With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

Legislators have made clear their intentions to continue efforts to trim Pennsylvania’s prison population, pointing to cost savings and the need to make the state’s criminal justice system more equitable.

But despite several major criminal justice reform measures already being introduced, the General Assembly is still in the early stages of charting its course forward on the matter. While none of the bills have gotten hearings as of yet, lawmakers have their sights set on altering the state’s probation system, moving away from cash bail and updating a major criminal justice law already on the books.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

Multiple legislators and advocates attended press conferences around the Capitol Tuesday morning where pipelines were seen in two differnt lights. 

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) led one press conference that focused on the benefits of pipelines, while across the Capitol, Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) hosted a group who were fighting for safe pipeline legislation and talked about the negative impacts some counties are seeing due to certain pipelines. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pension forfeiture bill nears governor’s desk

Pension forfeiture bill nears governor’s desk

In what will likely be the first bill signed into law this session, SB 113 is nearing Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk and after confirmation to a House amendment by the Senate, is just a signature away from strengthening pension forfeiture requirements for public officials convicted of job-related felonies.  

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin), aims to close a loophole that currently allows public employees to keep taxpayer-funded pensions when convicted of certain felonies. If signed into law, those found guilty of crimes relating to public employment — including conspiracy — would have their pension benefits forfeited under the new law.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Williams launches mayoral race with promises of action and advocacy

Sen. Williams launches mayoral race with promises of action and advocacy

Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Philadelphia) officially launched his mayoral campaign Monday night in a crowded art gallery in West Philadelphia.

Williams filed his nominating petition before last week’s deadline. This creates a re-match of the 2015 Democratic primary, where Williams lost handily to now-Mayor Jim Kenney.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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