PA House poised to declare pornography a public health crisis

PA House poised to declare pornography a public health crisis

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took a step Monday toward declaring pornography a public health crisis.

 

That step came when the House Health Committee approved by a 19-5 vote a resolution sponsored by Committee Majority Chairman Matt Baker (R-Tioga) that condemns the free, widespread availability of pornography as a public health crisis.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corrections Secretary John Wetzel speaks at Press Club Luncheon

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel speaks at Press Club Luncheon

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel was the featured speaker at the November Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon held Monday afternoon where he spoke on topics related to the need to incorporate more data in criminal justice policymaking, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and the opioid crisis.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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General Assembly, associated agencies sit on $95 million in reserve funds

General Assembly, associated agencies sit on $95 million in reserve funds

The Legislative Audit Advisory commission released the audit of the General Assembly’s finances for FY 2016-2017, reporting that the legislature and its associated agencies have combined reserves of $95 million.

The reserves represent surpluses over the $325 million appropriated to the General Assembly in FY 2016-2017.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers introduce legislation to ban sexual misconduct non-disclosure agreements in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers introduce legislation to ban sexual misconduct non-disclosure agreements in Pennsylvania

A group of Democratic Senators led by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) on Wednesday announced the introduction of legislation aimed at banning the use of non-disclosure agreements in settlements of sexual misconduct allegations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf pumps the brakes on PLCB borrowing effort as CFA moves forward with $1.5 billion monetization of Tobacco Settlement Fund dollars

Gov. Wolf pumps the brakes on PLCB borrowing effort as CFA moves forward with $1.5 billion monetization of Tobacco Settlement Fund dollars

The Commonwealth Financing Authority board on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution granting authority for staff to move forward with either a bond or sale of future revenues headed to the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund in an amount not to exceed $1.5 billion.

 

That action, according to the Wolf administration, has allowed the governor to put the brakes on his pursuit of seeking $1.25 billion in up-front monetization of future General Fund transfers from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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