House appropriators add voting machine, census money to election reform bill

House appropriators add voting machine, census money to election reform bill

A bill that would overhaul the Pennsylvania Election Code underwent key changes on Monday as state lawmakers amended it in committee and on the House floor. 

  

Senate Bill 421, which would eliminate the straight-party ballot option and establish no-excuse mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, was amended Monday night to include $90 million in state aid to counties to help reimburse them for the cost of new voting machines.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

State lawmakers are facing a slew of questions about how electoral maps should be drawn ahead of the 2020 census.

 

But one question — pertaining to where incarcerated individuals get counted in legislative and congressional districts — is the prime focus of Pennsylvania Democrats who say that the current process of counting those in state prisons is fundamentally flawed.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

That’s the motto of lawmakers leading a push to alter the way teachers across the state are evaluated, with reports that the seven-year-old system is penalizing teachers in schools that are lower performing or in high poverty areas.
Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Special committee discusses incarcerated women

Special committee discusses incarcerated women

Activists, experts, and returning citizens joined the Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform Friday to promote better and more ethical practices for incarcerated women. 

The committee met following a resolution from council adopted in February to examine the conditions of women in prisons. The 2018 Annual Report from the Philadelphia Commission on Women noted the number of incarcerated women rose over 700 percent between 1980 and 2014. Statewide, the rate of women in prisons is growing drastically.
Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

In previous years when synagogues and other Jewish organizations in Pittsburgh received anti-Semitic hate mail, they merely threw it away. 

But such threats are now harder to ignore. The Tree of Life massacre, an anti-Semitic shooting that took place in Squirrel Hill a year ago which left 11 dead, marked a watershed moment for faith groups in the city. Now those letters which were previously dumped in the trash are instead forwarded to a director of Jewish community security and then on to the FBI.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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