Karen's Law would prolong the time between parole applications for incarcerated sexually violent predators

Karen's Law would prolong the time between parole applications for incarcerated sexually violent predators

A rally was held in the Main Rotunda Monday morning where Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) was joined by his colleagues, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, and Karen Widdoss from Karen's Law, to highlight support for Senate Bill 123. 

The legislation would limit parole eligibility for sexually violent predators and prolong the time between parole applications from one year to three years. 

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Gov. Wolf, legislators rally to end gun violence in Philadelphia

Gov. Wolf, legislators rally to end gun violence in Philadelphia

Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) lost her father, brother, and one son to homicide. Two of these deaths involved guns. Now that’s she an elected official, she wants the rampant violence to end.
 

“We have to treat this as the health crisis that it is,” she said Friday. “We have to diagnose it, we have to treat it, and we have to prevent it.” 

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced it will enter into a new cooperation agreement with the City of Pittsburgh when its current one expires in July. That is, if Pittsburgh City Council signs off. 

Much to the relief of many concerned Pittsburgh residents who expressed their distaste for the possibility of privatization at protests and public hearings, the new agreement holds language mandating that the water authority remains public-owned. According to the announcement’s press release many aspects of the agreement reflect recommendations from the mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel and requirements handed down from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. 
Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Did You Get The Memo? Poverty, broadband and a cap-and-trade study

Did You Get The Memo? Poverty, broadband and a cap-and-trade study

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would address poverty across Pennsylvania, deploy small antennas for wireless broadband internet access and study the impacts a cap-and-trade program could have on Pennsylvania.

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

Following an independent investigation into sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), the Pennsylvania Senate’s leading Democrat is calling on Leach to resign.

 

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released a statement Thursday demanding that Leach resign due to a “lengthy pattern of troubling behavior” that created an “unprofessional and sexualized environment.”

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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