Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week. Victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and held personal conversations with senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

But Wednesday, the last voting day before the Nov. 6 elections, there never was a vote on SB 261 — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s (R-Jefferson) own bill, amended in the House to include a civil window that he refused to back. 
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

The Senate Appropriations Committee met at Temple University Tuesday to analyze the Philadelphia Healthy and Safe Schools Initiative that has kicked off in two inner-city elementary schools, Bethune and Kenderton.

Under Act 44, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine will work on implementing reforms at two K-8 schools in Philadelphia that take into account students’ mental health.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $32.7 billion 2018-19 budget in what lawmakers hope will start a swift march to finish it ahead of the state’s traditional June 30 deadline.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he expected a final floor vote on the bill Wednesday before sending it to the Senate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Inspired by Colorado, Pennsylvania looks at anonymous school violence tip line

Inspired by Colorado, Pennsylvania looks at anonymous school violence tip line

From rural Texas to suburban Florida, the rash of school shootings in 2018 has brought increasing safety to the front of lawmakers’ minds.

But in the wake of the progenitor of the modern mass school shooting — Columbine — one state implemented a seemingly effective response that Pennsylvania is now trying to take up.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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