Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statute of limitations bill

Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statute of limitations bill

In a release Friday evening, the church's Pennsylvania leadership, through their legislative wing the Catholic Conference, came out in favor of a voluntary fund managed by experts to disperse compensation to survivors of abuse by priests.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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First county implements new state voting machine standards

First county implements new state voting machine standards

Susquehanna County’s 25,000 registered voters will be the first in Pennsylvania to use new voting machines this November.

Following new state guidelines released in spring, the state’s 67 counties had until the end of 2019 to implement paper record keeping voting machines. The guidelines were released in light of Russian interference in states’ voting infrastructure during the 2016 presidential election.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pension review board testimony cites nearly $4 billion in unaccounted for fees

Pension review board testimony cites nearly $4 billion in unaccounted for fees

Charged with finding $3 billion in savings, Pennsylvania’s pension review board may have already reached their mark.

In a hearing Thursday of the Public Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission — set up by the 2017 pension reform bill — testimony from two experts to the commission revealed that the state might have paid $3.8 billion in unreported fees over the past ten years.

Specifically, the fees appeared to come from carried interest, or money a private equity firm, especially on alternative investments, takes in excess of its share of a partnership.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations

Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations

A federal district judge Wednesday struck down a 2006 Pennsylvania law meant to prevent casino owners and investors from donating money to political campaigns.

In her ruling, Middle District Judge Sylvia Rambo ruled that the law, which was clarified and reimplemented after a successful state court challenge in 2009, violated individuals’ First Amendment rights.

Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

Mary McHale was sexually assaulted by her priest as a teen, and her experience is one of over a thousand included in the state’s grand jury report released last month.

Speaking at a press conference this week, flanked by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and local DAs, she took a hard stance against legislative opposition to the grand jury report.

“If you don’t support this bill, you are standing with the pedophiles,” McHale said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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