Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

In an effort to combat gun violence across the commonwealth, including a high-profile incident in Philadelphia that resulted in six police officers being shot, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday creating a new office focused on gun violence prevention and aiming to improve data sharing across agencies.

The order was originally supposed to be signed Thursday but was postponed in the wake of the Philadelphia shooting, which garnered national headlines as a man held a handful of police officers hostage and kept scores more at bay for hours following an attempt to serve a search warrant.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - August 12, 2019

Tweets of the Week - August 12, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined Mayor Jim Kenney (D), members of the General Assembly, City Council, and Congress Thursday in applauding the efforts of Philadelphia Police in arresting an alleged drug dealer in North Philadelphia Wednesday night. He also joined them in calling for more legislation to prevent such assaults on police from happening again. 
 
“I will continue to move forward with efforts to reduce gun violence to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent a situation like this from occurring again,” he said. “This type of terror should never happen in our commonwealth.”
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

As Democratic lawmakers continue to call for gun reforms, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week announced the committee’s fall schedule, promising a series of hearings on gun violence, the statute of limitations and the parole process in Pennsylvania.

After two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas earlier this month, Baker pledged to hold public hearings prior to taking action on gun-related measures. Those hearings will be held on September 24 and September 25 to address “behavioral health, Second Amendment rights and other gun-related issues,” according to a release from her office.
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) didn’t have much activity at his district office on Tuesday afternoon when The PLS Reporter sat down to speak with him. Over the weekend, he had hosted a few thousand residents at a street festival in South Philly. 

Residents got to talk about services with him and some city offices. However, Harris claims he hosts his annual summer event as a way to help his constituents just enjoy a day with their families without spending all the money demanded at amusement parks.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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