House passes squatter removal bill

House passes squatter removal bill

The House of Representatives passed House Bill 365 Wednesday by a 155-44 vote. Introduced by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), the bill expands the ability of law enforcement to remove unlawful occupants of residential property.
 
White submitted the legislation in February to combat the rise of “house theft” in portions of Philadelphia. This happens when people leave homes for vacations or other stretches of time and return to find changed locks and new occupants. The bill covers this and other versions of squatting. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors

DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors

On Wednesday morning Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) unveiled House Bill 165 which would lift the sales tax exemption for advertising, and the money made would go towards creating a property tax freeze for senior citizens. 

DeLuca stated that by placing this tax on advertisements, it could generate $135 million for seniors who have a yearly income of less than $40,000.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Legislators to play in their 4th Capitol All-Star Game next Tuesday

Legislators to play in their 4th Capitol All-Star Game next Tuesday

It doesn't matter if they're a Democrat or Republican, a member of the House or the Senate, there is one thing the members of the Pennsylvania Legislature all have in common and that is helping feed Pennsylvanians. 

Next Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 over at FNB stadium come out and watch your legislator play softball to help strike out hunger across the state. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Features
Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders

Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders

While lawmakers have been focusing on reducing the number of non-violent offenders in prison, at least two House Republicans are pushing to heighten penalties on certain violent crimes in an effort to address what they say are two of the thorniest public safety threats to the commonwealth.

After a summer uptick in deadly gun violence across Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and other parts of the state, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has been vocal about the need for a bill creating extreme risk protection orders to temporarily remove guns from individuals deemed to be in crisis.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides

Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides

Lost during gun control conversations, advocates say, is consideration for the role of firearms in suicides.

While the gun violence debate frequently centers around mass shootings and illegal gun crimes, roughly 200 activists who filled the Capitol rotunda steps on Tuesday said that more attention should be paid to the hundreds lost each year to firearm-involved suicides. 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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