Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statue of limitations bill

Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statue of limitations bill

In a release Friday evening, the Pennsylvania's church leadership , through the Catholic Conference, came out in favor of a voluntary fund managed by experts to disperse compensation to survivors of abuse by priests.
Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wheatley rallies support for marijuana legalization

Wheatley rallies support for marijuana legalization

At a rally for marijuana reform in Pittsburgh Friday, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) announced that he will introduce legislation that would effectively legalize recreational use of cannabis in Pennsylvania within the week. 

“If we trust our citizens to choose who will represent them in Harrisburg then we should trust them to decide whether or not to engage in recreational uses of cannabis,” Wheatley said.

While medical marijuana is legal, and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have already decriminalized it, Wheatley feels that’s not enough to undo the damage of the tough drug policies of the ‘80s. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
First county implements new state voting machine standards

First county implements new state voting machine standards

Susquehanna County’s 25,000 registered voters will be the first in Pennsylvania to use new voting machines this November.

Following new state guidelines released in spring, the state’s 67 counties had until the end of 2019 to implement paper record keeping voting machines. The guidelines were released in light of Russian interference in states’ voting infrastructure during the 2016 presidential election.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pension review board testimony cites nearly $4 billion in unaccounted for fees

Pension review board testimony cites nearly $4 billion in unaccounted for fees

Charged with finding $3 billion in savings, Pennsylvania’s pension review board may have already reached their mark.

In a hearing Thursday of the Public Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission — set up by the 2017 pension reform bill — testimony from two experts to the commission revealed that the state might have paid $3.8 billion in unreported fees over the past ten years.

Specifically, the fees appeared to come from carried interest, or money a private equity firm, especially on alternative investments, takes in excess of its share of a partnership.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - September 17, 2018

Tweets of the Week - September 17, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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