Wolf signs Pennsylvania GI Bill in effort to boost National Guard re-enlistment

Wolf signs Pennsylvania GI Bill in effort to boost National Guard re-enlistment

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Monday an initiative to allow families of National Guard members to earn free college in-state provided a member re-enlists for a second tour of duty, a program that is designed to retain guardsmen at a time when they are being increasingly called into duty.

Flanked by legislators, dozens of guardsmen and their families, Wolf put pen to paper on the bill, which advocates tout as the first of its kind in the nation. Wolf said in remarks that Minnesota has a similar program but it is designed only for spouses, while in Pennsylvania children and other family could earn up to five years of tuition at a State System or State-Related school.
Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

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 career and technical education to voting machines, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 24.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

A House committee Tuesday approved a bill to clarify which law enforcement officers can carry guns in school, a measure which has quickly turned into a referendum on allowing armed police in schools at all.

SB 621, authored by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), passed the Senate last week on a 32-17 vote. It comes after some school districts pulled armed officers out of schools following the state Department of Education’s interpretation of Act 44 of 2018 that armed security guard were not allowable.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators unveil legislation offering incentives to National Guard members

Legislators unveil legislation offering incentives to National Guard members

Chairs of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees unveiled the "Pennsylvania GI Bill for Families" on Tuesday morning. 

Senators Mike Regan (R-Cumberland) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) along with Representatives Steve Barrar (R-Delaware) and Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence) introduced Senate Bill 589 and House Bill 1324. The bills would provide higher education benefits to the child or spouse of a Pennsylvania National Guard member who commits to serve an additional six years. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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