Pre-conviction DNA collection bill on tap for next session

Last session, Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) introduced legislation allowing for post-arrest DNA collection for felony arrests and other certain violent crimes.

The legislation advanced as far as the House floor, but failed to garner a vote on final passage before the close of the legislative session.

The bill led to much debate and a House hearing where some in the law enforcement community came out on different sides of the legislation.

According to a co-sponsorship memo circulated at the beginning of December, Sen. Pileggi intends to introduce the reintroduce the legislation.

Monday, December 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: DNA
Freshman Focus: Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon)

Freshman Focus: Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon)

Meet Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon). He represents the 81st House District. Find out why he ran for office, what he hopes to accomplish, and what he likes to do in his free time. 

Monday, December 22, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll

A secret no more: Pennsylvania’s grand juries

Recently a grand jury’s decision led to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and protests across the nation. In Pennsylvania the Jerry Sandusky grand jury received national attention.

Most recently Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced her 2016 re-election bid, is the subject of a statewide grand jury determining whether Kane should be charged for contempt of court.

Grand juries are a vital tool in the criminal process and have a knack for catching the attention of the media and the public, but the intricacies of the grand jury process can be unclear since they do not determine guilt or innocence and most of the subject matter is shrouded in secrecy during the process.

Monday, December 22, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

Looking for some holiday reading?

Looking for some holiday reading for your time off?

If you are interested in Pennsylvania politics and government, check out Why are you Here? by former-Sen. Franklin Kury.

Friday, December 19, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tags: holiday

Legislators plan for legislation to reduce size of General Assembly by 2020

Choose a number in your head. Any number you want. Was it 203? That was the number chosen for the number of members in the House of Representatives, the most recent draft of the Pennsylvania constitution. That was not always how many members there were in the House, and some legislators want it to change again.

Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) spoke with The PLS Reporter about his plans for legislation in next session to downsize the legislature by 2020, as well as his previous attempts to do the same.

Thursday, December 18, 2014/Author: Josh Levy
Categories: News and Views