Work zone speed cameras a step closer after Senate passes bill

Work zone speed cameras a step closer after Senate passes bill

After years of working to get Senate Bill 172 passed, Senators David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) are a step closer following its final passage in the Senate today, and now need House approval and the governor's signature to see it enacted. 

The bill would establish a five-year pilot program for using speed cameras in active work zones on interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Republicans examine whether economic development can bubble up from beer industry

Republicans examine whether economic development can bubble up from beer industry

Could struggling towns find prosperity at the bottom of a keg?

Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and a host of brewers, local elected officials and economic development gurus met Monday, the start of a week of events, to look at how far beer-making can take a local economy.

Monday, July 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Legislation to add procedures as to how public safety buildings are shuttered has worked its way through the General Assembly, and House State Government Committee focused on it at a hearing Monday.

SB 748, from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuykill), and its companion HB 1606 from Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming), would require 12-months’ written notice to local and state officials before a prison or state police building is closed down.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

A report released Wednesday on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) confirmed a need for reform in the system, but stopped short of prescribing explicit best practices for legislators to enact. 

The report, from the RAND Corporation — a non-profit policy think tank — was initiated through a resolution from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) that passed the chamber in April 2017. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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