Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been removed from the statutorily required review of SCI Retreat’s closure after offhand comments at a public hearing on the matter sparked a firestorm that involved three Democrats calling for him to be fired from his post.

J.J. Abbott, press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, confirmed that Wetzel will no longer be a part of the review process required under Act 133. In an effort to reboot the process, Wolf is also calling for additional public hearings to be held on the matter as part of a more thorough probe.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

A sweeping update to the Pennsylvania Election Code sailed through the General Assembly this week, paving the way for one of the largest election code reforms in years.

 

The agreed-upon negotiation from the Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf would provide $90 million in state aid to help counties shoulder the costs of new voting machines prior to next year’s presidential election.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules

House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules

House lawmakers used a rare procedural mechanism Tuesday to rebuke a sweeping change to the state’s overtime rules proposed by the Wolf Administration, which are set to go before a state commission for approval next month.

The final version of the changes to the state’s overtime guidelines, which the Department of Labor Industry announced earlier this month, would expand time-and-a-half pay to over 140,000 workers in the state.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

Vote on heartbeat abortion ban possible "before the end of the year"

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains, coming just months after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar law in Indiana.

Supporters of the measure, authored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), believe it will give families choice and closure during a difficult time. The bill would also give parents the right to request the remains to bury themselves, if they so choose.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia Port opens new auto processing center

Philadelphia Port opens new auto processing center

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined officials and business leader to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center at the Philadelphia Port. It is the first new terminal in South Philadelphia in 45 years.
 
The 156-acre location operated by Glovis America is a product of the governor’s Port Development Plan. Pennsylvania has invested $300 million in deepening the channel along the Delaware River.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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