VIDEO: Sen. Martin calls for victims of sexual assault to have a say in schools expelling their offender

VIDEO: Sen. Martin calls for victims of sexual assault to have a say in schools expelling their offender

Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) is working on legislation that would allow victims of sexual assault to make the call on if their offender is expelled if they go to the same school and the student who committed the crime has been convicted. 

After looking into how schools deal with victims and those who are convicted or sexual assault, Martin discovered that currently most schools give the option to a victim to switch schools at no cost, but there was nothing telling the offenders to leave. Hearing this Martin decided a victim shouldn't be the one to have to leave a place where they are comfortable and they should have the right to request their offender be the one to have to leave. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Over 23,000 use new school safety tip line, though concerns center on student mental health

Over 23,000 use new school safety tip line, though concerns center on student mental health

Lawmakers are touting the success of a tip line set up to field concerns about school safety, although most of the calls are related to bullying or mental health issues rather than a potential mass shooting.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office announced Monday statistics from the first year of the Safe2Say program, which was launched in the wake of school shootings in Parkland, Fla. and Santa Fe, Tex. 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

Speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon on Monday, Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller rebuked calls for a work requirement for Medicaid recipients, proposals for which have surfaced — and been passed — in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in recent years.

Miller questioned the effectiveness of requiring Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for keeping their health care services, which she said has resulted in large losses in health care in other states.

Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills you may have missed during budget season

5 bills you may have missed during budget season

Amid the crunch of budget negotiations, the General Assembly was busy passing dozens of bills beyond the state’s $33.9 billion spending plan. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of them in recent days to much fanfare, but many others have flown under the radar. We took some time to profile five of the most interesting laws that came out of budget season.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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