Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage

Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage

Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) and Gov. Tom Wolf were joined by other members of the House and Senate to ask for support for Sturla's House Bill 959 which would require municipalities to pay a fee if they do not have a local police department and rely on Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) instead. 

The money that is currently being used to support PSP covering these areas is coming out of Pennsylvania's Motor License Fund (MLF) which is the money that funds road and bridge maintenance. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Just days after lawmakers unveiled legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, House Democrats are eyeing a workaround that could push the bill onto the House floor without a committee vote.

 

Following an informational hearing Monday on the Restore Pennsylvania legislation, House Democrats suggested they may file a discharge resolution on the floor that would allow the legislation to bypass the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers touted the importance of re-entry programs for former inmates at a Capitol news conference Monday, as a key lawmaker said she hoped to see a package of criminal justice reform bills pass the Senate by the end of the month.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) led the press conference, flanked by former inmates who are now leading the criminal justice reform fight.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

A push to raise the state’s minimum teacher salary has become a bipartisan effort, but it appears to not be enough to ensure a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal will make it into the final version of the spending document.

House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) said he would be “very surprised” if the plan, which would raise the minimum pay for teachers from $18,500 to $45,000, made the cut in the final version of the budget, which observers expect to be completed in the coming weeks.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Members of the House and Senate call for an end to workplace violence

Members of the House and Senate call for an end to workplace violence

Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) was joined by colleagues in the House and the Senate to call for an end to workplace harassment.

The legislators also highlighted what they have been working on to end workplace harassment and called on Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) to resign. 

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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