Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers touted the importance of re-entry programs for former inmates at a Capitol news conference Monday, as a key lawmaker said she hoped to see a package of criminal justice reform bills pass the Senate by the end of the month.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) led the press conference, flanked by former inmates who are now leading the criminal justice reform fight.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

A push to raise the state’s minimum teacher salary has become a bipartisan effort, but it appears to not be enough to ensure a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal will make it into the final version of the spending document.

House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) said he would be “very surprised” if the plan, which would raise the minimum pay for teachers from $18,500 to $45,000, made the cut in the final version of the budget, which observers expect to be completed in the coming weeks.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Members of the House and Senate call for an end to workplace violence

Members of the House and Senate call for an end to workplace violence

Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) was joined by colleagues in the House and the Senate to call for an end to workplace harassment.

The legislators also highlighted what they have been working on to end workplace harassment and called on Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) to resign. 

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Karen's Law would prolong the time between parole applications for incarcerated sexually violent predators

Karen's Law would prolong the time between parole applications for incarcerated sexually violent predators

A rally was held in the Main Rotunda Monday morning where Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) was joined by his colleagues, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, and Karen Widdoss from Karen's Law, to highlight support for Senate Bill 123. 

The legislation would limit parole eligibility for sexually violent predators and prolong the time between parole applications from one year to three years. 

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Gov. Wolf, legislators rally to end gun violence in Philadelphia

Gov. Wolf, legislators rally to end gun violence in Philadelphia

Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) lost her father, brother, and one son to homicide. Two of these deaths involved guns. Now that’s she an elected official, she wants the rampant violence to end.
 

“We have to treat this as the health crisis that it is,” she said Friday. “We have to diagnose it, we have to treat it, and we have to prevent it.” 

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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