Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides

Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides

Lost during gun control conversations, advocates say, is consideration for the role of firearms in suicides.

While the gun violence debate frequently centers around mass shootings and illegal gun crimes, roughly 200 activists who filled the Capitol rotunda steps on Tuesday said that more attention should be paid to the hundreds lost each year to firearm-involved suicides. 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting

Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting

After an omnibus election reform bill was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June, state lawmakers are revisiting potential changes to the state’s Election Code, which elected officials on both sides of the political spectrum believe is long overdue.

 

In a joint meeting between the House and Senate State Government Committees on Monday, lawmakers heard from county officials and other interested stakeholders on their top election-related priorities. Their shared goal? No-excuse absentee voting.

Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Online wine? Rothman bill would allow online wine and beer delivery in Pa.

Online wine? Rothman bill would allow online wine and beer delivery in Pa.

If you’ve ever wanted to order beer and wine alongside your groceries, a new proposal from Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) could be the answer. 

Rothman will soon be introducing legislation that would allow consumers to order wine and beer online and have it delivered to their home through a licensed transporter. 

Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers

Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would reform how parole and commutations are recommended in Pennsylvania, implement unpaid family leave for school activities and update a new law regarding public school police officers.

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

In early May, 20 activists were arrested at the Capitol as they dropped banners and dollar bills with the word “bribe” inscribed on them to the House floor. The demonstrators, from the good government group March on Harrisburg, wanted to send legislators a message: pass a ban on gifts to state lawmakers.

Now, as policymakers are set to reconvene in Harrisburg for the start of the fall session, one House lawmaker hopes that a new gift restriction proposal will satisfy both lawmakers and activists.
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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