In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny) introduced two bills last week that would combat the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth. 

The first bill, House Bill 2200, requires state agencies to report all efforts they take to implement laws regarding addiction. This information would be used to create a report submitted to the Department of State.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) has drafted a bill that would expunge school suspensions from students’ records. The idea is to limit the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon and to give students a second chance. 

The school-to-prison pipeline is the idea that underfunded public schools that have minimal resources with harsh discipline policies lead to students being funneled into juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Game Commission report highlights threat of Chronic Wasting Disease to state deer population

Game Commission report highlights threat of Chronic Wasting Disease to state deer population

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has infiltrated deer populations in the commonwealth and could directly affect local hunters, according to the executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Bryan Burhans. 

“We can use the help of the legislature,” Burhans said today while testifying to the House Game and Fisheries Committee. 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Report: Pennsylvania second in nation for clean water permit violations

Report: Pennsylvania second in nation for clean water permit violations

Pennsylvania industries have dumped excessive pollution in the state’s waterways over 600 times within the past year and a half, making the commonwealth the second in the nation for violating clean water permits, according to a new report from the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center (PRPC).

Tuesday, March 27, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Senators push for new bills to reduce prison recidivism

Senators push for new bills to reduce prison recidivism

The Senate Judiciary Committee investigated prison recidivism reform bills during a public hearing Monday.

“Our recidivism rate is 67 percent,” Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks) said of the proportion of commonwealth inmates who return to jail at some point following their release. “It’s a failure.”

Greenleaf is the prime sponsor of Senate Bills 860, 1043, and 61, which aim to reduce recidivism through various means.

Monday, March 26, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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