House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

The House voted Tuesday to approve a $33.9 billion spending bill for the 2019-20 fiscal year despite the repeated objections of many Democrats, who pushed to turn the debate towards a raise to the state’s minimum wage.

Citing concerns ranging from eliminating the General Assistance program to the lack of a minimum wage increase to support for public education that didn’t go far enough, all-in-all, 62 members, including seven Republicans, voted not to support the budget. 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

The House voted Tuesday to approve the $33.9 billion General Appropriations budget, sending it to the Senate, who are set to follow suit later in the week.

The budget bill is agreed to by both chambers, as well as by Gov. Tom Wolf. But there are still no shortage of loose ends to tie up outside that bill, with lawmakers and the Wolf Administration still in discussions on a range of issues present in the numerous code bills set to be passed in the coming days.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

To mark the fifty years since the Stonewall Riots, credited with sparking the modern movement for LGBTQ rights, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) announced legislation strengthening protections for the LGBTQ community within the city.

“Years after the Stonewall Riots, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face discrimination and are the victims of violence because of who they are,” Strassburger told a crowd of community members. “I am standing in solidarity with all marginalized communities to reaffirm that the struggle for peace, equality, and justice is an intersectional fight.”
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole

Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole

Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia) held a press conference to introduce Senate Bill 942 and House Bill 135, which aim to end life without parole in Pennsylvania. 

The bills would allow those who convicted second degree murder to go before the parole board after 25 years, and those who are convicted of first degree murder to go before the board after 35 years. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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