Senate local radar bill gains restrictions in House committee, referred to floor

Senate local radar bill gains restrictions in House committee, referred to floor

As regularly as the seasons, legislators have introduced bills to enable local police use of radar.

A search of the Pennsylvania Legislative Services archive shows that going back to the 2001-2002 session, at least one bill, if not multiple versions, to expand access has been floated each session. The restriction to the State Police has been in place since the 1960s.

Friday, May 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

In January, the City of Philadelphia announced it will implement safe injection sites, also known as comprehensive user engagement sites (CUES), in an effort to limit the number of people who will likely die from overdosing on opioids. 

Since the announcement, several Democrats have not warmed up to the progressive plan. 
Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Sen. Vulakovich hopes to have PA jump on board the National Blue Alert System train

Sen. Vulakovich hopes to have PA jump on board the National Blue Alert System train

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) has introduced the "blue alert" bill. This bill would activate an emergency alert response to the nearby public for any incident involving the endangerment, injury or death of a law enforcement officer and the suspect involved.

Friday, March 9, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

Continuing their review of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee and House Health Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday on the concept of legalizing medical marijuana.

During the hearing, the committees heard from a number of law enforcement groups including the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association.

While all three remained somewhat skeptical of the concept, none of the law enforcement organizations categorically opposed the legalization of medical marijuana under the condition that the system used to implement and regulate the use of medical marijuana is strict.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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