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
4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

4 bills to watch for the week of December 9

We get it, session weeks are busy--even when they’re non-voting session weeks. That’s why we put together a list of bills being discussed in a packed Judiciary Committee hearing next week to help you know where to focus your attention. From occupational licensure reform to JRI2, here are four bills to watch in that major hearing.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

After weeks of speculation, a Senate committee advanced a proposal Monday to increase the state’s minimum wage, potentially setting up another showdown between Gov. Tom Wolf and the members of his own party over whether to compromise on one of their key legislative priorities.

Despite Wolf’s hopes of a $15 an hour minimum wage, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee signed off on a more modest proposal: a minimum wage which rises to $9.50 an hour in 2022. In exchange, Wolf’s office will put on hold a controversial expansion to the state’s overtime law, agreeing to keep it in line with federal regulations until 2023.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

Legislators join activists in probation reform rally

Tuesday morning started with a big crowd of citizens and lawmakers filling the main rotunda’s staircase to draw attention to what they believe are onerous and harmful probation laws in Pennsylvania.
 
Members from both chambers and both parties showed support with FAMM, a national organization against mandatory minimums and the challenges created by punitive probationary rules. Joining the event was CNN commentator Van Jones, who has been involved with criminal justice reform efforts on his weekly program.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities

Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities

Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) held a press conference where he was joined by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny) and advocates to push for adding adult changing facilities in public buildings to help people with disabilities and their families.

Bartolotta has always been a supporter of making things easier for people with special needs and their families and she spoke about the importance of this bill. 

Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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