Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Pennsylvania is one step closer to a higher minimum wage after lawmakers in the state Senate voted Wednesday night to increase the rate to $9.50 an hour.

 

But as the legislation advances toward the House, progressive lawmakers in the General Assembly say the move still doesn’t go far enough and pledged to fight for more improvements.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

House lawmakers passed a controversial bill Tuesday that would mandate medical facilities bury or cremate fetal remains following a stillbirth or miscarriage.

 

Under the legislation, health care facilities would be required to bury or cremate fetal remains, while families would have the option of taking possession of the remains for a private ritual burial.

Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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
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Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval

Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval

The House Education Committee approved Monday a bill which would create vouchers for students in the struggling Harrisburg School District, despite criticism that district officials were not included in the process.

The consideration of HB 1800, authored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), comes just days after news that the district, which was placed in state receivership earlier this year, is facing a $2.6 million budget shortfall. It was approved out of committee on a 13-12 vote, with Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe) and Rep. Megan Schroeder (R-Bucks) joining Democrats in opposition.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

The General Assembly acted on a series of bills Monday that have reignited a debate over abortion and how involved the government should be in reproductive care.  

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted on Monday to advance two bills to the Senate floor — one that would ban abortions based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and another that would require doctors to inform women with unviable pregnancies of perinatal hospice care options. 
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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