As abuse victims line hallways, debate rages behind closed doors over civil window

As abuse victims line hallways, debate rages behind closed doors over civil window

With a well-tailored pinstripe suit, white pocket square and small black ribbon pin, Arthur Baselice stood sentinel by the door to the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Quietly, the former Philadelphia police detective held a sign with a picture of his son, Arthur III, and the two priests who abused him as a high schooler. The younger Arthur ended up dying of a drug overdose while attempting to deal with the trauma.

Occasionally wiping away tears, occasionally profane, Baselice, one of dozens of survivors to fill the Senate Monday, relayed his belief that the Senate needed to pass SB 261. The bill sponsored by Scarnati was amended in the House to include an option Scarnati calls unconstitutional and opposes: the civil window.

Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Civil window debate snarls up grand jury report response

Civil window debate snarls up grand jury report response

A preliminary offer from the Pennsylvania Senate that does not allow for retroactive civil suits has strained negotiations on the legislative response to the grand jury report.

The offer, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, includes a tribunal of state appeals judges tasked with handing out money from a defined fund, which a senate memo describes as “the most compensation a victim can receive in the timeliest manner possible.”

Any organization could pay in to settle child abuse cases. The panel would audit groups to determine how much funding each could reasonably offer, and victims would have one year to make claims.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! From cutting back on punishments for marijuana possession, to the House advancing a compromise plan for Harrisburg's Act 47 status, all the way to modernizing a bill forcing Pennsylvania municipalities to help enforce federal immigration laws.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pashinski discusses importance of HB 1539 and kinship navigator programs

Pashinski discusses importance of HB 1539 and kinship navigator programs

On Thursday morning, Department of Human Services Secretary, Teresa Miller, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary, Jennifer Smith, joined Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne), Rep. Katharine Watson (R-Bucks) and other legislators to announce grant funding that supports kinship navigator programs.

Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Burns discusses bills that clarify sexual assault victims' rights

Burns discusses bills that clarify sexual assault victims' rights

Rep. Frank Burns (D-Cambria) joined The PLS Reporter to discuss his bills that help clarify the rights for victims of sexual abuse. 
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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