Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Mirroring bipartisan efforts in over 30 other states, lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill aimed at reducing the number of Pennsylvanians on probation Monday at the state Capitol.

Senate Bill 14 would standardize guidelines issued to county probation officers as to what constitutes a technical parole violation. It would also aim to curb those technical violations, cap the total length of probation ordered for a defendant and allow termination of parole for those who demonstrate good behavior.
Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

Pennsylvania currently has the highest student loan debt load per person of any state in the nation. Hoping to alleviate some of that potential debt, the Treasury Department has kicked-off The Keystone Scholars Program.

“We are reaching a crisis point as we see Pennsylvanian graduates, on average, with the highest amount of student loan debt – higher than anywhere else in the nation – with more than $35,000 on their backs,” Treasurer Joe Torsella stated.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Representative wants to change food safety laws to allow outdoor dining with dogs

Representative wants to change food safety laws to allow outdoor dining with dogs

Currently 10 states have laws allowing food service establishments to permit dogs in outdoor dining areas: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Northampton) is hoping to add Pennsylvania to that list.

Simmons is circulating a cosponsor memo that would provide restaurant owners the choice to permit dogs accompanying their owners in outdoor dining areas.

Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Legislators try to combat youth vaping epidemic

Legislators try to combat youth vaping epidemic

Teens across the nation can be seen surrounded by clouds of vapor made to taste and smell like their favorite fruit, candy, dessert or even beverage. Legislators in Pennsylvania are attempting to stop what the federal Food and Drug Administration declares an epidemic.

Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Despite Independent Fiscal Office predictions of a $1.7 billion budget deficit, outgoing Budget Secretary Randy Albright struck an optimistic tone at a mid-year budget report Tuesday, citing a burgeoning state economy.

“We’re confident that we will end the year with not just a balanced budget but a surplus,” he said, adding that “we don’t think we face a $1.5 billion deficit for the proposed budget year.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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