Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) didn’t have much activity at his district office on Tuesday afternoon when The PLS Reporter sat down to speak with him. Over the weekend, he had hosted a few thousand residents at a street festival in South Philly. 

Residents got to talk about services with him and some city offices. However, Harris claims he hosts his annual summer event as a way to help his constituents just enjoy a day with their families without spending all the money demanded at amusement parks.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did You Get The Memo? A heartbeat abortion ban, criminal records and lemonade stands

Did You Get The Memo? A heartbeat abortion ban, criminal records and lemonade stands

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 abortion if a heartbeat is detected in a fetus, expunge criminal records for people who receive pardons and remove regulations on child-run lemonade stands in Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood expressed confidence Monday that a sweeping retooling of the state’s pardons and parole process would clear the General Assembly, with the Senate slated to hold hearings on the bill later this week.

Flood told reporters following a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon that he did expect some potential changes to the bill, which will not likely be considered until the fall. But, he added, he expected the bill to still be a net positive for those on probation or parole in the state.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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
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