As budget talks continue, trade deal resolution sparks debate over minimum wage

As budget talks continue, trade deal resolution sparks debate over minimum wage

A resolution urging the US Congress to ratify a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada quickly sparked a floor debate Thursday about whether or not to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

 

House Democrats took issue with the Republican-backed resolution because the trade deal requires Mexican auto workers make at least $16 per hour for the country to avoid US tariffs.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would reduce property tax rates as school districts pay of their debt, prohibit pre-trial detention of children in adult facilities and provide parole eligibility to people with life sentences.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House Transportation to consider alcohol-monitoring bracelets legislation

House Transportation to consider alcohol-monitoring bracelets legislation

The House Transportation committee will hold an informational hearing Monday on House Bill 916, which will mandate alcohol monitoring devices for repeat DUI offenders.
 
Introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) in March, the bill would require those with two driving under the influence convictions, or one pending adjudication following a prior conviction, within ten years, to be fitted for a continuous alcohol monitoring device. Defendants would have to pay for the device, like a SCRAM bracelet, and refrain from alcohol consumption for 90 days.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

We get it, session weeks are busy. That's why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From career and technical education to voting machines, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 24.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
RSS