House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

A House committee overwhelmingly voted to approve a two-bill package designed to strengthen the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse, despite concerns from some that a change in tactic is unlikely to produce desired reforms.

The bills, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), attempt to skirt past concerns with a proposed retroactive window, where victims of pedophilia could file suit against their accusers and the institutions that shielded them if the statute of limitations had already expired.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power

Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power

Interested stakeholders packed the Majority Caucus Room Monday for a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on legislation that would add nuclear energy to the state’s alternative energy portfolio, an effort that supporters believe would keep energy rates stable while saving the nuclear power industry in Pennsylvania.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was a leading voice in the hearing, offering a defense of the bill for the positive effects it could have on the environment and the Pennsylvania economy. 
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia City Council committee hearing Monday morning brought to light the poor conditions and wages workers endure in parking lots and domestic service jobs in the city. It also brought to light how the city’s leadership has found a way around the minimum wage impasse in Harrisburg to boost pay for their constituents.

City Council has taken up more efforts to raise wages and improve working conditions for residents in various sectors over the past few months. Most of the sitting councilmembers, along with Mayor Jim Kenney (D), face re-election this year.

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women

Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women

Barbara Price, Public Policy Co-Chair for American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Pennsylvania joined legislators and other advocates to push for equal pay for women. 


Multiple legislators have legislation that they have introduced that are focused on helping women achieve their equal pay goals. 

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of a continued movement to reform the state’s criminal justice system, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced Monday that he has tapped Brandon Flood, a veteran legislative staffer and lobbyist, as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons.

Fetterman and a bevy of lawmakers said at a press conference that Flood’s appointment would open up a more efficient and empathetic era for the Board of Pardons. Flood himself was formally pardoned earlier this year for a pair of drug and firearm charges when he was 17 and 22, respectively.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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