Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views

Legislators join activists in probation reform rally

Tuesday morning started with a big crowd of citizens and lawmakers filling the main rotunda’s staircase to draw attention to what they believe are onerous and harmful probation laws in Pennsylvania.
 
Members from both chambers and both parties showed support with FAMM, a national organization against mandatory minimums and the challenges created by punitive probationary rules. Joining the event was CNN commentator Van Jones, who has been involved with criminal justice reform efforts on his weekly program.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

On Monday, good government advocates took heart following a joint Senate and House hearing on election reforms with the hope that it might prompt action on the often thorny subject.

Two days later, the mood was decidedly different. Following the resignation of Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) after being charged with possession of child pornography, the powerful Senate State Government Committee will have new leadership as it wades into a series of high profile issues, including both voting reform and redistricting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

In an effort to combat gun violence across the commonwealth, including a high-profile incident in Philadelphia that resulted in six police officers being shot, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday creating a new office focused on gun violence prevention and aiming to improve data sharing across agencies.

The order was originally supposed to be signed Thursday but was postponed in the wake of the Philadelphia shooting, which garnered national headlines as a man held a handful of police officers hostage and kept scores more at bay for hours following an attempt to serve a search warrant.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire

Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committee met Wednesday to review the causes and aftermath of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions fire. 
 
A leak in a containment tank led to an explosion in a butane tank on the South Philadelphia refinery June 21st, which sparked a fire that took over 24 hours to extinguish. While there were no casualties, the refinery is now closed, which has led to higher gas prices in the region. According to the mayor’s office, the closure will cost most of the over 1,000 jobs supported by the refinery’s operation. 
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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