Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

Lawmakers push value of re-entry programs, criminal justice reform bills

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers touted the importance of re-entry programs for former inmates at a Capitol news conference Monday, as a key lawmaker said she hoped to see a package of criminal justice reform bills pass the Senate by the end of the month.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) led the press conference, flanked by former inmates who are now leading the criminal justice reform fight.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers roll out bipartisan licensure reform bill

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan licensure reform bill

Fresh off the passage of the Clean Slate Act in 2018, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are looking to build off their criminal justice reform victory and remove employment barriers for former offenders. 

Senators John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) were joined by House Minority Whip Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) Wednesday to stump for an occupational licensure reform bill that would prohibit state boards from denying professional licenses based on past criminal convictions that are unrelated to the profession.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

The full House voted Tuesday to approve a major increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, despite concerns from Democrats over elements ranging from the bill’s escalator clause to allegations that certain schools discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion.

Past increases to the EITC have drawn broad bipartisan support. 31 Democrats voted in favor of a more modest increase to the EITC and its counterpart, the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit, last session.

Tuesday, however, only four Democrats voted to join Republicans in supporting the measure. That is due, critics say, to the more drastic nature of the legislation. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of a continued movement to reform the state’s criminal justice system, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced Monday that he has tapped Brandon Flood, a veteran legislative staffer and lobbyist, as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons.

Fetterman and a bevy of lawmakers said at a press conference that Flood’s appointment would open up a more efficient and empathetic era for the Board of Pardons. Flood himself was formally pardoned earlier this year for a pair of drug and firearm charges when he was 17 and 22, respectively.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

If Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) wins re-election this fall, Fiscal Year 2024 will be the last he oversees while in office. In his budget address before City Council Thursday, he outlined a city making great strides in those five years. 

Joined by city officials and other luminaries, Kenney delivered his FY 2020 budget, totaling just under $5 billion. The city has projected about $4.9 billion in revenue, with no proposed new taxes.
Thursday, March 7, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: News and Views
RSS
123