Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Ahead of the general election, state environmental groups released their rankings of Harrisburg lawmakers earlier this week based on their perception of green votes— and hinted at a bill they think might get pushed through ahead of November.

Ranked on a scale of zero to 100 — with 100 representing the most eco-conscious and 0 representing the least — the report card released by Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter and Clean Water Action gave both session and lifetime ratings to all 253 members of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Grand Jury report prompts legislative response

Grand Jury report prompts legislative response

On Tuesday afternoon Attorney General Josh Shapiro stood surrounded by victims as he made public the findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The report prompted legislators to speak out about their support and brought up a bill that echoes the grand jury's recommendations, Senate Bill 261.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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O'Neill announces end to reelection bid as Dems formalize four ballot replacements

O'Neill announces end to reelection bid as Dems formalize four ballot replacements

One last state House Republican is out, and four Dems were officially put on the ballot this week as the lineups for state legislative elections are formalized two months prior to Election Day.

Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) withdrew from his race Aug. 13. The deadline for parties to file a replacement candidate is Aug. 23.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Shapiro releases findings of 2-year grand jury investigation on sexual abuse by Catholic Priests

Shapiro releases findings of 2-year grand jury investigation on sexual abuse by Catholic Priests

Surrounded by victims, Attorney General Josh Shapiro Tuesday afternoon made public the findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. 

The investigation covered six dioceses including Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton and found that there were 301 Catholic priests who sexually abused children while serving in the church. Many high ranking church officials were aware of the abuse but chose to cover it up to avoid scandal, according to the grand jury. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

Home to the Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton is better known for its antique locomotives, a memento of the age of steam, than for sleek, electrified high-speed rail.

But Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) knows that despite years of chatter, the Lackawanna Valley is no closer to a proposed rail connection to New York City to update that image. So, he is looking to the future.

Last month, Kaufer floated a co-sponsorship memo to ask the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of a hyperloop to connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, with a branch route up to Wilkes-Barre and the Electric City as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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