House Democrats urged to support animal fighting legislation

House Democrats urged to support animal fighting legislation

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday to discuss animal fighting and heard testimony from animal welfare advocates urging them to support legislation Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) is reintroducing to make animal fighting a racketeering offense.

Costa, a former Pittsburgh police chief, first introduced the bill, HB 1197, in April of last year. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and has stayed there ever since. Costa brought forward a similar bill in the 2015-16 session.

Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) has drafted a bill that would expunge school suspensions from students’ records. The idea is to limit the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon and to give students a second chance. 

The school-to-prison pipeline is the idea that underfunded public schools that have minimal resources with harsh discipline policies lead to students being funneled into juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Anti-hazing bill in honor of PSU’s Piazza passes judiciary committee

Anti-hazing bill in honor of PSU’s Piazza passes judiciary committee

A bill in honor of Penn State University student Timothy Piazza, who died last year during a fraternity event that has raised allegations of hazing, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The bill, SB 1090, was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) last Friday. It would add more categories of hazing to state law, including a felony charge in cases of serious bodily harm or death.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ellsworth attacks primary competitors, Wolf in Press Club speech

Ellsworth attacks primary competitors, Wolf in Press Club speech

Republican gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth went on the offensive Wednesday afternoon at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, slashing at the qualifications of her two primary opponents as well as incumbent Governor Tom Wolf.

Ellsworth, a Pittsburgh attorney with a history of civic engagement, said all three — Wolf, endorsed Republican candidate Sen. Scott Wagner (York) and Paul Mango — lack the leadership to make the commonwealth grow economically while retaining and attracting new residents.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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March marks Athletic Training Month

March marks Athletic Training Month

On Wednesday morning a group of athletic trainers and athletic trainer students joined in the Main Rotunda to celebrate March being Athletic Training Month and to increase public awareness about what their profession does and their mission.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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