CCP leadership, seeking more city funding, testifies on budget

CCP leadership, seeking more city funding, testifies on budget

Officials from the Community College of Philadelphia had their appointment with City Council Tuesday to discuss their budgeted allotment. The school seeks a $3 million increase from last year to $35.4 million, while the proposed budget offers just a $1.35 million boost. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
After committee vote, lawmakers now forced to pick path forward on reforming judicial elections

After committee vote, lawmakers now forced to pick path forward on reforming judicial elections

Lawmakers are at odds over the best path to reforming judicial elections, even as they voted to move two competing bills out of committee Tuesday.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the two bills, one authored by Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), the other by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon). 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

A panel of lawmakers voted to approve a measure that would preempt local gun control ordinances, barring municipalities from approving stricter regulations than what the state has passed.

The bill, authored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), is nearly identical to a provision of Act 192 of 2014, which the state Supreme Court rendered unconstitutional in 2014. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

As the medical community doubles down on research backing the effectiveness and safety of vaccinations, one lawmaker in the House is hoping to pass a bill that would bar doctors from being able to dismiss patients from a practice, and take away their medical license if they do so. 
  

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) was joined by lawmakers, members of the medical community and dozens of parents Tuesday to introduce HB 286, a bill which promotes “informed consent” and aims to limit discrimination within the medical community. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law

Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law

After police related shootings, such as East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld shooting and killing unarmed teenager Antwon Rose II last year, a handful of Pennsylvania legislators are pushing for changes to the law that governs police use of force. 

Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) announced at a rally on Tuesday afternoon that she and a handful of her colleagues are introducing a package of legislation that would, she believes, protect their communities.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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