As controversy continues around area high school, Philadelphia legislator wants to ban use of Native American mascots

As controversy continues around area high school, Philadelphia legislator wants to ban use of Native American mascots

The use of the Redskins mascot in high schools has dropped by more than half in the United States in the last 30 years, but the controversial mascot is still used by two high schools in Pennsylvania. 

The controversy is reaching a turning point at Neshaminy High School, as Rep. Christopher Rabb (D-Philadelphia) wants to ban the use of Native American and American Indian mascots and logos in public schools and colleges. While Rabb said that his proposed ban is not in response to the ongoing debate at Neshaminy, he told The PLS Reporter that he has always stood up for issues of justice and representation and that the use of the Redskins mascot is “deeply problematic.”
Wednesday, December 11, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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DHS Secretary Miller denounces Trump Administration’s proposed SNAP rule changes

DHS Secretary Miller denounces Trump Administration’s proposed SNAP rule changes

Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller addressed President Trump Administration’s proposed rule changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Tuesday, denouncing them as “attacks” on the program and vowing to continue to fight for people in need of public assistance. 

Miller outlined one enacted and two proposed rule changes that would affect SNAP eligibility, income thresholds, and utility allowance for beneficiaries, each of which could impactsdd different groups of Pennsylvanians. 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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Boscola targets ambiguities in pet euthanasia law with new bill

Boscola targets ambiguities in pet euthanasia law with new bill

The Animal Destruction Method Authorization Law states that injectable euthanasia is the accepted method for killing a domestic animal, but ambiguities in the law do little to prevent owners from killing an animal by firearm if they deem it ill or aggressive. Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) wants to clarify definitions in the law to ensure proper enforcement of animal cruelty. 


“How can injection be said as the only form of destruction?” Boscola asked. “What is there to prevent a cat or dog owner from shooting them?” Boscola filed a cosponsor memo in October asking for support for a bill to resolve the ambiguities.

Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) wants to give municipalities the option to implement ranked-choice voting in their local elections in this latest effort in election reform.

Earlier this month, Williams introduced a memorandum seeking co-sponsorship for legislation giving the option for ranked-choice local elections in order to “improve civic engagement and voter turnout in Pennsylvania’s municipal elections.”

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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