Legislators eye lobbying reform in new session

With a new session, new majorities, and a new governor comes renewed optimism on the part of many legislators that significant lobbying reforms can become a reality.

The centerpiece of lobbying reform legislation will be proposals banning lawmakers from receiving gifts, including transportation, lodging, hospitality, or other gestures of economic value.

Monday, January 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Judy Ward (R-Blair)

Freshman Focus: Judy Ward (R-Blair)

Meet Judy Ward (R-Blair). She represents the 80th House District. Find out why she ran for the seat, her goals, and what she likes to do with her family when she can find some free time. 

Monday, January 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
Teplitz pushing for gift ban legislation in 2015

Teplitz pushing for gift ban legislation in 2015

We sat down with Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) to discuss gift ban legislation that he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Eichelberger (R-Blair). 

Monday, January 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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House committee chairs announced

Just a day before legislators are officially sworn in for the 2015-2015 legislative session, Speaker-designate Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced the chairmen of the various House legislative committees.

The PLS Reporter has the full list and takes a look at notable changes from last session.
Monday, January 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Pre-conviction DNA collection bill on tap for next session

Last session, Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) introduced legislation allowing for post-arrest DNA collection for felony arrests and other certain violent crimes.

The legislation advanced as far as the House floor, but failed to garner a vote on final passage before the close of the legislative session.

The bill led to much debate and a House hearing where some in the law enforcement community came out on different sides of the legislation.

According to a co-sponsorship memo circulated at the beginning of December, Sen. Pileggi intends to introduce the reintroduce the legislation.

Monday, December 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: DNA
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