Over 100 strong and growing: Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts

The Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) marked a new milestone Friday, announcing the number of problem-solving courts in the state has passed the 100 mark.

Problem-solving courts are a mechanism of the judiciary that focuses on remediation, treatment, and rehabilitation instead of incarceration for certain nonviolent offenders.

Monday, January 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Senate Democrats announce committee chairs

The Senate Democrats have named their committee chairs, according to a release sent out Friday afternoon.

As it looks from the line-up, a number of Democrats will be pulling double duty.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Senate Republicans announce committee chairs

On behalf of the Senate Republican Caucus, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced the Republican standing committee chairs for the 2015-2016 session.

The PLS Reporter has the list and takes a look at notable changes and where freshman members landed.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Arneson to take over Open Records Office for departing Mutchler

Arneson to take over Open Records Office for departing Mutchler

Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that departing Office of Open Records Executive Director Terry Mutchler will be replaced by Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for one-time Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

Sen. Pileggi—along with Arneson—was one of the main architects of Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know law.

The Office of Open Records Executive Director position is not subject to Senate confirmation and is appointed by the governor for a six-year term at a salary of $140,000 per year.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Stack to resign Senate seat

According to a news release Friday, Sen. Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia), who is currently Lt. Gov.-elect, will resign his seat in the Senate on Inauguration Day, January 20.

It has been previously reported that he may try to keep his seat.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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