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
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Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

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 ban guns at public recreation areas, allow vaccine transporters to access state roads during emergencies and expunge certain eviction records to improve access to housing.

Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Thirty-one people died after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last weekend, prompting Pennsylvania Democrats to call for stronger gun laws before the Keystone State suffers another mass shooting of its own. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday stopped short of calling for a special session to address gun violence, but the York County Democrat made clear that he wants to see movement on major gun-related bills this session. 
Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 dead and dozens more injured in Ohio and Texas, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon state lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation that would strengthen background checks and temporarily remove guns from the hands of those who are deemed dangerous by a court. 

Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in remembrance of the victims, but urged the General Assembly to find legislative solutions to gun access, poverty and mental health care.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole

Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole

Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia) held a press conference to introduce Senate Bill 942 and House Bill 135, which aim to end life without parole in Pennsylvania. 

The bills would allow those who convicted second degree murder to go before the parole board after 25 years, and those who are convicted of first degree murder to go before the board after 35 years. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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