Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees

Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees

Lawmakers on two House committees voted Monday to approve bills aimed at codifying the final two principal recommendations from the landmark grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

It comes just days after the full House voted to approve a two-bill package, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), which eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for child sex crimes. Their legislation also raises the age limit for filing a civil suit from age 35 to age 50.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Proponents of a bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio and provide a ratepayer-funded subsidy to nuclear power companies argue that it could save the struggling Three Mile Island power plant in Dauphin County. However, during the second House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing for House Bill 11 on Monday, some lawmakers questioned how significant the bill’s effect would be, and whether it would actually save the plant at all.   
 
The Three Mile Island generating station is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall, barring aid from state government officials. Supporters of House Bill 11 argue that the legislation is necessary not only to keeping energy costs affordable and stable, but to also save the plant from premature retirement. 
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain

PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain

At a time when their state support is precipitously declining, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials are pinning their hopes on a new, less restrictive tuition policy to help play a part in turning their fortunes around.

Earlier this month, the PASSHE Board of Governors approved a measure to delegate tuition-setting responsibilities to the 14 individual universities, as long changes are approved by the board.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Legislators join advocates, union members to rally against tax fraud

Legislators join advocates, union members to rally against tax fraud

On Monday morning legislators, trade workers, and union members rallied against wage and tax fraud.

Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) was among those who spoke at today's rally and discussed how the Department of Labor and Industry has gone about investigating contractors state fraud and how they are holding violators accountable. She noted that last year the department collected more than a half a million dollars in penalties during their investigations where they visited job sites and conducted over 3,000 audits. 

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights

Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights

No guest this time, but Justin Sweitzer and Andrew Bahl break down the issues of the day on this week's episode of Right 2 Know. We focus on the debate over altering the statute of limitations for child sex abuse (including exclusive quotes from Rep. Mark Rozzi), tackle a bill to boost the nuclear power industry and have a bit of fun.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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