After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

The Senate signed off Wednesday night on major reforms to the state’s statute of limitations, an effort to better protect victims of sex abuse, and achieving in the process what many considered to be a Sisyphean effort.

After two sessions of coming up short in approving a two-year retroactive window for victims to sue their abusers, regardless of when the statute of limitations expired, lawmakers took a different tact this session, opting to create the window via an amendment to the state’s constitution.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Pennsylvania is one step closer to a higher minimum wage after lawmakers in the state Senate voted Wednesday night to increase the rate to $9.50 an hour.

 

But as the legislation advances toward the House, progressive lawmakers in the General Assembly say the move still doesn’t go far enough and pledged to fight for more improvements.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Universal lead testing bill sparks debate over how children should be tested

Universal lead testing bill sparks debate over how children should be tested

A bill that would require universal lead testing for all Pennsylvania children passed the House Children and Youth Committee with bipartisan support on Wednesday, but the bill’s passage sparked a broader conversation about how the testing should be administered.

 

Sponsored by Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), House Bill 79 would require physicians to test children for lead at one and two years of age. It would also establish a confidential registry of testing results to help physicians identify whether children have been tested.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House GOP unveils transportation funding plan, proposes winding down MLF transfers

House GOP unveils transportation funding plan, proposes winding down MLF transfers

House Republicans unveiled their survey of the state’s infrastructure needs Wednesday, calling for a cycling down of transfers from the Motor License Fund to bankroll State Police, as well as a consolidated permit process for major building projects and other items to help boost road and transit construction.

The Republican Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, chaired by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), was rolled out in July, at a time when PennDOT has notified municipalities that the existing pot of transportation dollars is set to shrink.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Council meets with school board

Philadelphia City Council meets with school board

The condition of school buildings and the transparency of spending policies were some of the major issues discussed Tuesday as the Philadelphia City Council held their fall meeting with the Philadelphia School District’s school board.
 
The two bodies meet twice a year as per a council resolution. The board returned to local control in 2018 with the dissolution of the School Reform Commission.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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