Two leading senators show interest in reforming the state’s campaign finance laws

Two leading senators show interest in reforming the state’s campaign finance laws

Two leading members in the Pennsylvania Senate expressed interest in overhauling the state’s campaign finance laws on Friday, just days after an investigative report found that state lawmakers have used a campaign finance loophole to mask spending on dinners, travel and other expenses. 

The new proposal from Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) would drastically update Pennsylvania’s campaign finance guidelines by setting limits on contributions to political candidates in the state for the first time. The legislation would also require greater transparency of independent expenditures from corporations and unions, while also requiring political candidates to include credit card statements alongside their regular campaign finance reports. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church-One Year Later

Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church-One Year Later

It has been over a year since the issuance of a grand jury report following a two-year investigation by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie, Greensburg, Allentown, and Scranton. The grand jury reviewed over 500,000 pages of internal diocesan documents and interviewed dozens of witnesses to conclude that there were “credible allegations” against over 300 priests which involved over 1,000 child victims.

Monday, August 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features
Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 dead and dozens more injured in Ohio and Texas, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon state lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation that would strengthen background checks and temporarily remove guns from the hands of those who are deemed dangerous by a court. 

Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in remembrance of the victims, but urged the General Assembly to find legislative solutions to gun access, poverty and mental health care.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

The entirety of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus sent a letter to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday excoriating the lieutenant governor for allowing a Democratic senator to speak on the floor against Senate rules in the midst of a heated debate on ending a cash assistance program for the poor.

 

The letter, signed by all 28 Republican senators, accused Fetterman of scarring the institution when he allowed Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) to read a letter from a constituent as Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman was calling for a point of order.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - Budget Edition

Tweets of the Week - Budget Edition

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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