Fetterman advocates for second chances, criminal justice reform at press club luncheon

Fetterman advocates for second chances, criminal justice reform at press club luncheon

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman wasn’t the only speaker at Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon. Despite being listed as the event’s featured guest, Fetterman was joined by two commutations specialists from his office who — until just recently — were serving life sentences in Pennsylvania prisons.

 

For Fetterman, who has championed a number of reforms to the pardons process since being sworn in as lieutenant governor in January, the presence of George Trudel and Naomi Blount represented the possibilities that can come when incarcerated individuals receive a second chance.

Monday, November 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

Last week, Republican leaders in the General Assembly were clear about their stance on legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: it’s not happening anytime soon.

 

And while Democrats will likely continue to levy pressure on their GOP colleagues, one state board plans to act on its own to provide relief to those with weighed down by consequences from past marijuana convictions.

Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators move forward with plan to retool lieutenant governor's mansion; Fetterman says he supports

Legislators move forward with plan to retool lieutenant governor's mansion; Fetterman says he supports

A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would retool the Lieutenant Governor’s Mansion, after Lt. Gov. John Fetterman became the first in recent memory not to reside in the property at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country to provide the lieutenant governor with a taxpayer-funded residence, although lawmakers have been looking to change that in recent years. 
Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf says he supports marijuana legalization following release of listening tour report

Wolf says he supports marijuana legalization following release of listening tour report

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the General Assembly Wednesday to hold a “serious debate” on the legalization of recreational marijuana in the commonwealth, citing the results of Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide listening tour as evidence that the state was ready for the switch.

Fetterman’s report, which was formally delivered to the governor Wednesday, said 65 to 70 percent of those who participated in the tour in-person and online supported legalization. Only a handful of counties had attendees who opposed legalization and virtually all in attendance believed decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis was a good idea, Fetterman said.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
RSS
1234567