Joint Democratic Hearing considers youth courts as new avenue for justice

Joint Democratic Hearing considers youth courts as new avenue for justice

A joint hearing of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the House Democratic Policy Committee met Tuesday afternoon to hear from Philadelphia youth about their interactions with criminal justice and youth courts held in schools to resolve complaints that could otherwise escalate to police involvement.
 
Students and administrators shared their involvement with the Philadelphia Community Youth Court, a program started in 2012 that provides a court-like experience to deal with classroom behavior, shoplifting, and other offenses that might merit criminal charges. Instead, the offender is tried by a jury of peers, with classmates serving as judge, bailiff, and lawyers. They hear cases, render verdicts and punishment, and create follow-up plans to prevent repeat activity.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators stand against bullying with new bills

Legislators stand against bullying with new bills

On Tuesday afternoon Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) was joined by his colleagues in the legislature and advocates for a press conference with the goal of informing the public about bullying and hopefully putting an end to it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

The House Appropriations Committee focused primarily on how to improve the economy and the impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas at the Independent Fiscal Office budget hearing Tuesday morning.


Legislators allowed IFO representatives to testify to discuss the implications of Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget and give an overall economic outlook.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

As Republicans in the state legislature look toward more private participation in the retail liquor and wine market, one current retail alcohol anathema is being examined for stricter enforcement: so-called “stop-and-go” locations in Philadelphia.

 

Operating on the fringes of the law or blatantly outside of it, the establishments are nicknamed “stop-and-go” due to their status as a convenience store or deli that also sells beer and liquor—sometimes in quantities as low as a single shot—often times consumed on premises or immediately outside the store.

Monday, April 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

A ray of hope broke through the proverbial clouds of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse Monday as a budget bill from the five-party framework agreement headed to the governor with the passage of the Public Welfare—now Human Services—Code bill.

Another budget bill, the Administrative Code, was sent back to the Senate for them to review changes made by the House.

However, as bills continue to chug along, questions are still lingering for members about questions concerning how the budget is going to be paid for, how budget dollars are going to be distributed to public schools, and even some of the procedure behind how the process will move forward.

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) was beside himself Monday morning as he emerged early from a closed-door House Republican caucus meeting, where he told a small gathering of reporters that leaders from his caucus are telling members that they’re going to have to accept the $30.8 billion spend number as part of the budget framework.

“We’re just going to accept a $1.2 billion tax increase,” he asked. “We’re not going to push back on it?”

Monday, December 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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