Senate committee advances bills aimed at more transparent labor negotiations

Senate committee advances bills aimed at more transparent labor negotiations

The Senate State Government Committee Wednesday advanced three bills that—according to their sponsors—will bring increased transparency to collective bargaining sessions between labor and government entities.

Senate Bill 643 by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) would open up collective bargaining negotiation sessions between labor and government entities to the public.

Senate Bill 644 by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would require the Independent Fiscal Office to provide a cost estimate for the coming five years of any collective bargaining agreement and allows the IFO director the authority to try and collect cost information.

Senate Bill 645 by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) would require that any collective bargaining agreement be publicly posted by the state, local government, or school district entity two weeks prior to ratification to allow public input.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: House GOP working group reveals debt reduction bills

VIDEO: House GOP working group reveals debt reduction bills

In an afternoon press conference, a working group of House Republicans unveiled a package of four bills aimed at increasing debt transparency in the state.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 3

Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 3

The PLS Reporter Goes Inside SCI-Camp Hill's Mental Health Units

In the final installment of our three-part series on the mental health units of SCI-Camp Hill, The PLS Reporter goes inside the prison's Special Observation Unit, which is responsible for the monitoring, diagnosing, and treating of inmates coming through Camp Hill for classification that have serious mental health needs.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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And the nominees are... Department of Education Sec. Rivera

And the nominees are... Department of Education Sec. Rivera

Meet Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Pedro Rivera. Learn about his background in education, his goals for the department, and what he likes to do in his down time. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 2

Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 2

The PLS Reporter Goes Inside SCI-Camp Hill's Mental Health Units

Step inside O-Block and it is everything and nothing an outsider might expect this residential treatment unit to look like.

While at once hot and damp, the walls are covered with beautiful murals and inspirational quotes, the result of a new undertaking at Camp Hill’s mental health units to promote a positive atmosphere.

All of those on O-Block are part of the 1,500 inmates permanently assigned to SCI-Camp Hill. The unit is used exclusively to house seriously mentally ill offenders.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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