As lawmakers praise improved PASSHE relations with General Assembly, system looks to cash in chips for $100 million investment

As lawmakers praise improved PASSHE relations with General Assembly, system looks to cash in chips for $100 million investment

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials have been clear that many moves in the first year of chancellor Dan Greenstein’s term have been about winning back the trust of the General Assembly, with an eye towards boosting dwindling state support.

It appears that PASSHE is looking to cash in their chips and ask for a one-time infusion of cash to help support the system’s reorganization efforts, something lawmakers told The PLS Reporter they could tentatively support.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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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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
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