Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee

Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee

Harrisburg could have another five years of extra taxing authority under a bill advanced out of committee Tuesday.

Worked out over a working weekend, HB 2557 from Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) was amended to put Harrisburg under an Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, much like the one that managed Pittsburgh, for the next five years.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Schlossberg speaks on bill to promote stop-arm cameras on school buses

Schlossberg speaks on bill to promote stop-arm cameras on school buses

Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) spoke with The PLS Reporter on a piece of legislation that he and Sen. Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) have been working on to push school buses to use stop-arm cameras to capture who is illegally passing buses while they are stopped. 

Schlossberg introduced House Bill 2225 while Browne introduced its companion Senate Bill 1098. 

It is currently legal for school buses to have cameras of these kinds, but the legislation would encourage school districts to use them more to promote safety. 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Cruz pushes for legislation to randomly drug test legislators

Cruz pushes for legislation to randomly drug test legislators

Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia) hosted a press conference Monday afternoon where he pushed for his legislation, House Bill 620, to be brought up for a vote in committee.

The legislation would require members of the House and Senate to be drug tested. The tests would be called by the House Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore at random and would be paid for by the legislators out of their own pockets.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close

By a wide bipartisan margin, the House Judiciary Committee advanced today legislation cutting back on punishments for marijuana possession.

The bill, Rep. Barry Jozwiak’s (R-Berks) HB 928, limits the first two penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to summary offenses with no jail time and a maximum $300 fine.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

A week after the top of the tickets clashed for the one and only time, lieutenant governor candidates Jeff Bartos and John Fetterman ventured to Pittsburgh for what turned out to be a cordial debate on the commonwealth’s issues, from marijuana to gun control.

For 30 minutes, the two, who differ in political background and wardrobe, only shared a willingness to defend their running mates in a debate moderated by WPXI’s Katherine Amenta.
Monday, October 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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