Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

In an effort to combat gun violence across the commonwealth, including a high-profile incident in Philadelphia that resulted in six police officers being shot, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday creating a new office focused on gun violence prevention and aiming to improve data sharing across agencies.

The order was originally supposed to be signed Thursday but was postponed in the wake of the Philadelphia shooting, which garnered national headlines as a man held a handful of police officers hostage and kept scores more at bay for hours following an attempt to serve a search warrant.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire

Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committee met Wednesday to review the causes and aftermath of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions fire. 
 
A leak in a containment tank led to an explosion in a butane tank on the South Philadelphia refinery June 21st, which sparked a fire that took over 24 hours to extinguish. While there were no casualties, the refinery is now closed, which has led to higher gas prices in the region. According to the mayor’s office, the closure will cost most of the over 1,000 jobs supported by the refinery’s operation. 
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood expressed confidence Monday that a sweeping retooling of the state’s pardons and parole process would clear the General Assembly, with the Senate slated to hold hearings on the bill later this week.

Flood told reporters following a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon that he did expect some potential changes to the bill, which will not likely be considered until the fall. But, he added, he expected the bill to still be a net positive for those on probation or parole in the state.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

We get it, session weeks are busy. That's why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From career and technical education to voting machines, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 24.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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