Bills introduced to bolster rights of rape victims

Bills introduced to bolster rights of rape victims

Bills to be introduced in both chambers Monday would seek to strengthen the rights of rape victims who have conceived a child as a result of a rape and decide to carry the pregnancy to term.

Due to a current loophole in Pennsylvania law, rapists can still challenge for parental and/or visitation rights with children born out of the rape.

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: House Dems. applaud Wolf on expanding Medicaid

VIDEO: House Dems. applaud Wolf on expanding Medicaid

House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) was joined by Democratic Whip Mike Hanna (D-Centre) and Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) came to the Capitol Newsroom today to express their support of Gov. Wolf's decision to expand Medicaid. 

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Following in the footsteps of previous governors, Gov. Wolf seeks efficiency in government

Following in the footsteps of previous governors, Gov. Wolf seeks efficiency in government

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday signed an executive order forming the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency—otherwise known as GO TIME—that will be tasked with finding greater efficiency in state government.

“We need to do things more efficiently, there’s no doubt about it,” he said at the Thursday announcement. “I understand we can do things better, this is what I did when I was in the private sector in my business. I worked hard to make sure that what I was doing I was doing as efficiently as possible.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Wolf establishes Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency

VIDEO: Wolf establishes Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency

During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order to establish the Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency, which will use inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency and modernize state government operations. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Per diem reform bills face tough challenge

Attempting to deliver on a campaign promise, freshman Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) has teamed up with veteran lawmaker Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to introduce a measure that would reform how state lawmakers are reimbursed for expenses while on legislative duty.

The pair recently introduced Senate Bill 335, which would change the flat-rate reimbursement for lawmakers who claim expenses while on legislative duty and instead require them to submit receipts for reimbursement of actual costs.

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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