As Senate returns to session, Muth blasts Harrisburg status quo

As Senate returns to session, Muth blasts Harrisburg status quo

As the Senate returns to Harrisburg for the first session day since a combative budget season, there is at least one lawmaker who is not content with the state of play in the General Assembly’s upper chamber.

Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) hit out at party leaders, both Democrat and Republican, in an address to the Pennsylvania Press Club Tuesday as she called on the General Assembly to be more aggressive in their fall agenda.

Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senate Aging and Youth passes trio of bills

Senate Aging and Youth passes trio of bills

The Senate Aging and Youth Committee passed through three bills Monday with unanimous support. The measures focus on reforms to the Older Adult Protective Services Act, a change in lottery payouts, and updating mailing lists for state benefits. 

Senate Bill 819 was the lone Senate bill discussed Monday during the committee’s brisk voting session. Introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Bucks), it focuses on stricter guidelines on reporting elder abuse and instituting varying degrees of punishment for violators. Offering remarks on the bill, Sen. Mensch noted how well the child abuse legislation passed during his tenure as committee chair has worked for the state, and how he saw similar opportunity to bolster existing laws relating to seniors. 
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Senate Democratic Policy Committee investigates rape culture in Pennsylvania

Senate Democratic Policy Committee investigates rape culture in Pennsylvania

Senators and state representatives asked a lot of questions over the three-plus hours of Friday’s policy hearing in Phoenixville on rape culture. However, the most poignant moment may have been when a witness sent a question the other way. 

Tommy Williams, a 15-year-old sexual abuse and incest survivor from Altoona, responded to the suggestion that the General Assembly needs to hear from more survivors. “Why does there have to be even more people to change, like more survivors need to come forward?” he asked. 

Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Pittsburgh students call on lawmakers to act in climate change strike

Pittsburgh students call on lawmakers to act in climate change strike

All over the world students and advocates took to the streets to participate in the global climate change strike Friday. The city of Pittsburgh was one of 800 places in the U.S. where students and advocates gathered to demand action from lawmakers on climate change. 

Ordinarily the city-county building is barren on Friday afternoons. For the strike however, hundreds of students--some accompanied by their parents--flooded it with signs and chants, fearing for their futures in a world where climate change isn’t addressed. 
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities

Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities

Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) held a press conference where he was joined by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny) and advocates to push for adding adult changing facilities in public buildings to help people with disabilities and their families.

Bartolotta has always been a supporter of making things easier for people with special needs and their families and she spoke about the importance of this bill. 

Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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