Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT

Want those vehicle registration stickers to return to license plates? At least one Republican is pushing his solution to bring a new incarnation of that system back, arguing it would be cheaper for taxpayers and better serve public safety.

But PennDOT officials have taken umbrage with the bill, authored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks). They say that proponents of bringing back the stickers, which would be modified to include the inspection and registration of a car, have used disingenuous statistics and that the current system saves taxpayer money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency

Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday a slate of reforms to the state’s charter school laws in what he says is an attempt to hold charters to the same standards as public schools at a time when critics say they are siphoning off money from local districts.

Flanked by Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and a bevy of local lawmakers in an Allentown press conference, Wolf announced he would be tasking the Department of Education with developing regulations that aim to beef up financial transparency for charter school management firms and increase their accountability to the state.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania

F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania

At a time when lawmakers from both parties are attempting to pass gun control measures in Harrisburg and Washington, a poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of Pennsylvania residents would support such actions.

The poll, conducted by Franklin and Marshall College, also showed strong voter support for a plan to repair infrastructure in the state similar to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania proposal, which is funded by a severance tax on natural gas. It also noted widespread support for finding another means of funding the State Police to replace shifting money from the Motor Vehicle Licensing Fund, another priority for Wolf.

Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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
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PennDOT announces plan to roll out gender neutral driver's licenses, despite legislative skepticism

PennDOT announces plan to roll out gender neutral driver's licenses, despite legislative skepticism

PennDOT is planning on rolling out gender-neutral driver's licenses in the next year, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed Wednesday, despite concerns from the chair of the House Transportation Committee that the action is circumventing the legislative process.

First reported Tuesday evening by CNHI’s John Finnerty, the plan is to give Pennsylvania residents the option of choosing X as a gender neutral option when obtaining a license. PennDOT spokesperson Erin Trasatt-Waters said the plan is to have the option available by next summer.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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