Senate Democrats announce 2018 priorities

Senate Democrats announce 2018 priorities

Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus joined together Tuesday to announce their priorities for 2018. The top priorities being jobs and the economy, healthcare, education, equality, election protection, and social justice and criminal justice.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate legislation aimed at giving legislature more regulatory oversight advances from committee

Senate legislation aimed at giving legislature more regulatory oversight advances from committee

Vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf last session, a proposal authored by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) to give the legislature a stronger hand in the oversight of regulations advanced from the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Monday.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

In a split five-to-two decision Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Commonwealth’s 2011 Congressional map "plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

 

In so doing, the court enjoined the use of the map for the 2018 congressional mid-term election, including the upcoming May 15, 2018 primary.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers

Senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) are teaming up together on a measure currently moving through the state Senate that would incentivize high school-aged Pennsylvanians to join volunteer firefighting companies.

Thursday, December 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

In light of the alleged murder of a University of Pittsburgh student in October, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB 196, titled “Alina’s Law”, to increase the options for judges when issuing protection from abuse orders, while continuing to look at more bills to address domestic violence.

SB 196 would allow judges to put electronic tracking devices on the defendants in PFA cases, typical filed by women seeking protection from a violent domestic partner, if the judge feels tracking might be necessary.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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