Did You Get The Memo? Protections for pregnant inmates, sports betting and traffic violations

Did You Get The Memo? Protections for pregnant inmates, sports betting and traffic violations

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would provide greater protections for pregnant inmates, prohibit betting on sports involving Pennsylvania high school and college teams and establish community services options for individuals who are unable to pay traffic violation fees and fines.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
What’s the best way to combat Medicaid provider fraud? The House Government Oversight Committee wants to start that conversation

What’s the best way to combat Medicaid provider fraud? The House Government Oversight Committee wants to start that conversation

The powerful House Government Oversight Committee recently released a report on how the state could limit Medicaid provider fraud, a document which the committee’s leading member says can start the conversation on how to cut unnecessary costs and better manage state resources. 

The report outlines a few tools the state could use to limit instances of provider fraud and improper payments, including a state False Claims Act and use of the federal government’s Do Not Pay Program, which helps national, state and local agencies prevent fraud and improper payments using data analytics.
Thursday, December 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Attorney General says Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell expected to resign, plead guilty after criminal theft charges

Attorney General says Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell expected to resign, plead guilty after criminal theft charges

After being elected to the Pennsylvania state House just nine months ago, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) was arrested Wednesday after an investigation determined that she had stolen over $500,000 from her own nonprofit for personal uses, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

 

Johnson-Harrell, who has announced she will resign, was charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, perjury, tampering with public records and reporting by candidate and political committees. Shapiro said Johnson-Harrell turned herself in Wednesday morning and will plead guilty to the charges. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Amid deficit projections, fiscal conservatives warn of looming budgetary crisis

Amid deficit projections, fiscal conservatives warn of looming budgetary crisis

Some of Pennsylvania’s most ardent fiscal conservatives are pressing colleagues in the General Assembly to correct the state’s financial course before the impacts hit everyday Pennsylvanians. 

Representatives Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Seth Grove (R-York) are looking to instill a sense of urgency among state lawmakers as they spearhead a series of bills that aim to learn from the fiscal pitfalls experienced in other states — and enact reforms to avoid them. 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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