Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders

Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders

While lawmakers have been focusing on reducing the number of non-violent offenders in prison, at least two House Republicans are pushing to heighten penalties on certain violent crimes in an effort to address what they say are two of the thorniest public safety threats to the commonwealth.

After a summer uptick in deadly gun violence across Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and other parts of the state, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has been vocal about the need for a bill creating extreme risk protection orders to temporarily remove guns from individuals deemed to be in crisis.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

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 manufacturing tax credits to volunteer fire departments, here are five bills to watch for the week of September 16.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town

Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town

Fresh off their respective vacations, Justin and Andrew are ready and raring to go. They break down the top issues on the agenda for this fall, including charter school reform, energy policy and gun control. In even bigger news, they also discover that iHeart Radio still exists. Like what you hear? Follow the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Testy public hearing on Sunday hunting draws ire of lawmakers, endangers the future of controversial proposal

Testy public hearing on Sunday hunting draws ire of lawmakers, endangers the future of controversial proposal

The House is set to wade into a heated debate over Sunday hunting in the state, with a tense hearing Tuesday a sign of things to come as both legislators and advocacy groups alike sense a new urgency to lifting the 200-plus year-old ban.

This session marks the closest lawmakers have come in some time to signing off on lifting the Sunday ban on most forms of hunting, although the chair of the House Game and Fisheries Committee said the contentious nature of Tuesday’s hearing might endanger the bill’s passage. 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf Administration announces move to let voters apply for absentee ballots online

Wolf Administration announces move to let voters apply for absentee ballots online

Pennsylvania voters are set to be able to register online as part of a new initiative from the Wolf Administration that officials say will continue to make it easier for residents to vote.

Starting September 16, voters will be able to apply at http://votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee provided they have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID number. Voters will have until Ocober. 29 to request a ballot.
Monday, September 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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