Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

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 reduce property tax rates as school districts pay of their debt, prohibit pre-trial detention of children in adult facilities and provide parole eligibility to people with life sentences.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency

House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency

In an effort to increase transparency across the commonwealth, lawmakers in the House State Government Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would strengthen transparency requirements for governmental bodies.

 

Under a new proposal from Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence), the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act would be amended to require government agencies and bodies to post public meeting agendas on their website at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From 5G to budget reform, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 17.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

In the first step of what will likely continue to be a contentious debate, a House committee voted along party lines to approve a controversial bill that would prohibit abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion.  Proponents point to several European countries, most notable Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

On most days, the Pittsburgh City-County Building is a firearm-free zone, but on Monday, anyone on Grant Street would have seen a structure surrounded by hundreds of gun advocates.

Many of the advocates were armed with handguns and rifles, and the occasional musket, as they rallied against Mayor Bill Peduto and a package of gun control legislation introduced by Pittsburgh City Council last month.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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