Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

The Pennsylvania General Assembly did the seemingly impossible this session — it passed a bill related to firearms.

"It had the word 'weapon,' it dealt with guns,” Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) said of HB 2060, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed in October. “In Pennsylvania, that's never supposed to happen."
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges Tuesday against Desiree Peterkin-Bell, former City Representative under Mayor Michael Nutter (D). The charges stem from misuse of funds earmarked by the Fund for Philadelphia, which supported non-profit and civic events.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia

Despite big election swing, Senate leadership unchanged

While the Pennsylvania Senate had its biggest electoral swing since 1954, it was not roiled by the same number of leadership changes as in the House.

While eight incumbent senators, all Republicans, either retired, resigned, ran for higher office or lost an election, the chamber only lost one minor leadership figure: Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks), the caucus administrator, who retired.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Peduto promises infrastructure investment, climate policy in budget address

Peduto promises infrastructure investment, climate policy in budget address

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveiled his 2019 budget plan in his first address to city council since the Tree of Life shooting two weeks ago.

Peduto boasted a budget that would highlight the Steel City’s growth while planning for the future. He told the council in 2019 there’d be no tax increases, but while losing Act 47 oversight, there was still work to make Pittsburgh financially stable.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

While the House Republican majority chain of command made an orderly shift upwards, the chamber’s Democratic power base moved from west to east on Tuesday, following their 11 seat gain concentrated in the Philly suburbs.

For Republicans, in a long expected move, House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) replaced retiring Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) as the new floor leader for next session.

Then in two upsets, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) beat out Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) for Whip, while Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) defeated Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) for Appropriations Chair.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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