Debate over separating public, private high school sports playoffs continues

Debate over separating public, private high school sports playoffs continues

Just as high schoolers are getting ready to return for their fall sports seasons, the debate over separating public and private high school playoffs will be returning to the Capitol.

In an attempt to strike a more competitive balance between schools, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence) introduced HB 1600, which would not only split Pennsylvania’s high school sports playoffs between public and private schools, but also eliminate the transfer rule that prevents students from transferring for athletics.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

At least one member is taking another run at ensuring counties get upwards of $90 million to underwrite the cost of buying new voting machines, just days after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a larger bill that would have doled out money to local governments for that purpose.

Wolf vetoed SB 48 on Friday, a bill which would have raised the $90 million by bonding, covering up to 60 percent of the costs incurred by counties from complying with a Department of State mandate to replace all voting machines by the 2020 presidential election.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

On Wednesday afternoon a group of legislators, nurses and others joined to support safe staffing levels for nurses in hospitals. 

New legislation House Bill 867 and Senate Bill 450 were introduced by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and  Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) that would call attention to the patient care crisis that is occurring due to hospitals being short staffed. 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) joined along with other legislators to speak out on the importance of the measures. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
DiGirolamo to run for Bucks County Commissioner

DiGirolamo to run for Bucks County Commissioner

After nearly 25 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) announced last week that he is running for one of the three open seats for Bucks County Commissioner.

For years the GOP has controlled the county government with a two-to-one majority, but with the news that long-time commissioner Charley Martin will be leaving, Democrats are seeing this as their way to take over the majority. But DiGirolamo is used to running against the odds.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
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