Pa. GOP announces conference date for Senate District 48 nomination

Pa. GOP announces conference date for Senate District 48 nomination

Mark your calendars.

The Pennsylvania Republican Party will choose their nominee for the vacant 48th District state Senate seat on Saturday, October 19 at a conferee meeting at Lebanon Valley College.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) introduced a bill in August that would ban guns and other dangerous weapons in public parks and recreation facilities.
 
The legislation, House Bill 1764, comes in the wake of multiple incidents at parks and other public areas during the summer. In Philadelphia, six were shot at a large cookout in a Southwest Philadelphia park over Father’s Day weekend.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads

With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads

When fund transfers from the state’s Motor License Fund to support the Pennsylvania State Police end in 2028, one of the most controversial practices in state politics will come to a close.

Two distinct problems still face the commonwealth, however, which members of both parties readily acknowledge. When the fund transfers taper off, a mechanism for helping fund the State Police with minimal use of the General Fund will end as well, meaning lawmakers will have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars in monies.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

A recommendation by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to replace the Keystone Exams with the SATs has brought mixed reactions from legislators and education associations. 

At a July 10 press conference, DePasquale outlined recommendations to save Pennsylvania money on the basis that implementing the SATs as the commonwealth’s standardized test would save “at least $1 million annually.” While education associations are not against looking at alternative standardized tests, many have expressed concerns about the validity of the cost estimate and the effects on curriculum and evaluation requirements.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

Last week, Republican leaders in the General Assembly were clear about their stance on legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: it’s not happening anytime soon.

 

And while Democrats will likely continue to levy pressure on their GOP colleagues, one state board plans to act on its own to provide relief to those with weighed down by consequences from past marijuana convictions.

Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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