Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15

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

  • The Keystone Research Center (KRC) held a press conference to release a new study on increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage entitled, Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to present an audit of the Department of Labor and Industry’s implementation of a 2008 law to protect healthcare workers from excessive mandatory overtime. The audit shows the department was negligent in responding to healthcare complaints and in developing regulations giving the agency legal authority to enforce the act.
  • A bipartisan group of Senate and House members joined together in Soldiers Grove for an official van dedication ceremony. The dedicated vans are vital to disabled veterans, they argued, and are driven by volunteers to take disabled veterans to a VA hospital or other facilities where they can receive the treatment they need.
  • Save a Life Now PA and advocates filled the steps of the Main Capitol Rotunda to rally for passage of SB 850, the Donate Life of PA Act.
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth held a Young Voters in the Capitol to meet with local legislators and call for a fair education funding formula in this year’s state budget. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Speaker Turzai joins working group to promote debt transparency bills

VIDEO: Speaker Turzai joins working group to promote debt transparency bills

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) joined a working group of House Republicans to show his support for a package of bills aimed at reducing debt in the Commonwealth. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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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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