VIDEO: Senate democrats seek to open doors to higher education

VIDEO: Senate democrats seek to open doors to higher education

During a Wednesday morning press conference, a coalition of Senators from the Democratic caucus unveiled a 13-bill package that would make it more affordable for students to attend college and graduate with less debt. The College Access Plan, or CAP, was introduced by Sens. Anthony Williams (Philadelphia), Jay Costa (Allegheny), Lisa Boscola (Lehigh), Vince Hughes (Philadelphia), Rob Teplitz (Dauphin), Andy Dinniman (Chester), Larry Farnese (Philadelphia) and John Wozniak (Cambria). 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.3.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Medical Society  (PAMED) held a panel discussion regarding the recent rise in measles cases and the importance of vaccinations. Michael Frazier, PhD, executive vice president of PAMED, said the measles outbreak in California has spread to 11 other states, including one case in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland County.
  • A group of 27 advocacy and direct service organizations held a conference call this morning to announce the creation of the Making Work Pay Coalition. Tam St. Claire, President of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC), explained that the coalition was started in response to the need to address the hurdles low wage earning women and their families experience every year.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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In continued recall defiance, Senate advances more Corbett nominees

Five additional Corbett nominations made their way to the Senate floor Tuesday as Senate Republicans continued to advance the nominees despite a blanket recall of pending Corbett nominations made by Gov. Tom Wolf shortly after his inauguration.

Of the five nominees, four deal with education.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bills increasing mandatory retirement age for judges advance

Bills increasing mandatory retirement age for judges advance

Two bills that would increase the current mandatory retirement age for judges—currently set at 70—moved through the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 90 is a constitutional amendment that would increase the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75. House Bill 89 is the statutory fix to bring the law enacting the constitutional provision up to date once the amendment is approved by the voters.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Freshman Focus: Craig Staats (R-Bucks)

Freshman Focus: Craig Staats (R-Bucks)

Meet Craig Staats (R-Bucks). He represents the 145 House District. Find out more about why he ran for office, his goals, and what he likes to do in his spare time. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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