House pumps the brake on JRI2 bills despite unanimous Senate support

House pumps the brake on JRI2 bills despite unanimous Senate support

The second phase of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Program, which cruised through the Senate with unanimous approval, will likely receive more scrutiny in the House, with the bills likely to remain in committee until fall.

House Judiciary Chair Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) said his committee will take the summer to review the three-bill package, with a litany of members saying they wanted to ensure the committee learned from the successes and failures of the first installment of JRI, passed in 2012.

Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

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 5G to budget reform, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 17.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

A bipartisan group of senators banded together Tuesday to call for legislative action on lead poisoning as they unveiled bills to address lead contamination in homes, buildings and water systems. 

The legislative package is a direct result of the state’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure, which was established in 2017. Led by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), the senators announced bills that would require universal lead testing for children, mandate inspections of child-care facilities, establish a statewide lead-free housing registry, and require all school drinking systems to be inspected and certified. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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VIDEO: Sen. Baker to update medical parole legislation in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Sen. Baker to update medical parole legislation in Pennsylvania

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) has been working with Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel to help Pennsylvania taxpayers save money by updating the medical parole system in Pennsylvania. 

Baker is working on introducing legislation that would let Pennsylvania’s Board of Probation and Parole grant medical parole to sick inmates after considering a number of factors such as risk to the public, inmates age, and criminal history.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

Legislators have made clear their intentions to continue efforts to trim Pennsylvania’s prison population, pointing to cost savings and the need to make the state’s criminal justice system more equitable.

But despite several major criminal justice reform measures already being introduced, the General Assembly is still in the early stages of charting its course forward on the matter. While none of the bills have gotten hearings as of yet, lawmakers have their sights set on altering the state’s probation system, moving away from cash bail and updating a major criminal justice law already on the books.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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