“Marsy’s Law” vote highlights increased interest in PA ballot questions

“Marsy’s Law” vote highlights increased interest in PA ballot questions

Last Tuesday, millions of Pennsylvanians took to the polls to vote for judges and local officials. Statewide, they were also confronted with a ballot question that garnered a lot of fanfare and not as much understanding. 

Over 2.3 million voters responded to the “Marsy’s Law” ballot question, which offers a series of victim’s rights in criminal cases. More people cast votes on it than any of the judge retention races. 
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Veterans Courts, mental health care access and penalties for crimes against disabled individuals

Did You Get The Memo? Veterans Courts, mental health care access and penalties for crimes against disabled individuals

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 expand access to Veterans Courts, strengthen penalties for those who assault disabled individuals and direct the Joint State Government Commission to study mental health care access. 
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

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 a lobbying gift ban to school choice, here are five bills to watch for the week of November 18.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 31: Southeast Spotlight with Rep. Joe Ciresi

Right 2 Know Episode 31: Southeast Spotlight with Rep. Joe Ciresi

Our Philadelphia Pal (TM) Marco Cerino sits down with freshman Rep. Joe Ciresi (D-Montgomery), who is part of a batch of lawmakers who flipped seats in the Philadelphia suburbs. The pair chat about the challenges of getting up to speed as a new legislator, charter school reform and the challenges of mass transit in Ciresi's district. Like what you hear? Follow us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
IFO: General Fund structural deficits to continue over next five years

IFO: General Fund structural deficits to continue over next five years

The state’s independent economic forecasters are predicting General Fund deficits over the next five years, even while job and wage growth are both expected to increase in the short term. 

Matthew Knittel, the executive director of the state’s Independent Fiscal Office, said on Thursday that the state’s projected revenues are expected to increase along with expenditures, continuing a structural imbalance through Fiscal Year 2024-25.
Thursday, November 14, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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