Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

In light of the alleged murder of a University of Pittsburgh student in October, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB 196, titled “Alina’s Law”, to increase the options for judges when issuing protection from abuse orders, while continuing to look at more bills to address domestic violence.

SB 196 would allow judges to put electronic tracking devices on the defendants in PFA cases, typical filed by women seeking protection from a violent domestic partner, if the judge feels tracking might be necessary.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Lawmakers introduce legislation to ban sexual misconduct non-disclosure agreements in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers introduce legislation to ban sexual misconduct non-disclosure agreements in Pennsylvania

A group of Democratic Senators led by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) on Wednesday announced the introduction of legislation aimed at banning the use of non-disclosure agreements in settlements of sexual misconduct allegations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

With talks of Pittsburgh leaving Act 47 status by the beginning of 2018 and with a zeroing out of the city’s financial oversight authority’s line item in this year’s state budget, lawmakers and Pittsburgh officials are agreeing that there is no longer a need for the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to continue past the end of the year.

“The ICA did its job in helping Pittsburgh get its finances in order and making sure its budget priorities are in the right place,” said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin. “Now things are happening with a continued positive trend and there’s a feeling that the ICA has run its course and no more funding needs to be expended.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

The state House and Senate concluded legislative action for the 2017-2018 state budget this week. 

Here's how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegation voted on key budget bills. 

Friday, October 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Lawmakers send budget-balancing bills to governor, but gaming bill remains for one more day

Lawmakers send budget-balancing bills to governor, but gaming bill remains for one more day

After 118 days, lawmakers on Wednesday sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a package of bills aimed at helping the end the budget impasse and providing funding for state related universities.

 

However, a gaming expansion bill that was said to provide around $200 million in the first year for the current year’s state budget was unable to get a vote in the House as the chamber pushed up against its 11:00 p.m. deadline.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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