House members hold press conference to discuss mental health and school shooting misconceptions

House members hold press conference to discuss mental health and school shooting misconceptions

Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) said during a Tuesday press conference that, although mental health resources are a necessity, it is not responsible to make a relationship between people with mental illnesses and violence.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
House committee advances bill to require more student loan term transparency

House committee advances bill to require more student loan term transparency

The House Commerce Committee Monday advanced House Bill 2124, a bill amending the Public School Code to require universities to provide information to students relative to student loans.

Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Auditor General DePasquale pushes school safety in response to Parkland shooting

Auditor General DePasquale pushes school safety in response to Parkland shooting

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday he will enhance school safety reviews during already-existing school audits.


Auditors within his department plan to meet with law enforcement for additional recommendations to add to the list.


All recommendations and school safety checklists will be shared with local and state police, the Attorney General’s office, and the Department of Education.

Thursday, March 8, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
House Democrats question how state police handle opioid crisis and rape kit backlogs

House Democrats question how state police handle opioid crisis and rape kit backlogs

House Democrats focused on rape kit backlogs and the opioid epidemic during Wednesday’s budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

The House Appropriations Committee questioned representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) about how the agency ensures it only provides services for those in need.


Republicans expressed concerns about welfare fraud and recipients that are not actively looking for work.


Republicans pushed for House Bill 59 that Gov. Wolf vetoed last session. The bill would have put stronger work requirements onto welfare recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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