Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

A sweeping update to the Pennsylvania Election Code sailed through the General Assembly this week, paving the way for one of the largest election code reforms in years.

 

The agreed-upon negotiation from the Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf would provide $90 million in state aid to help counties shoulder the costs of new voting machines prior to next year’s presidential election.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

The recent announcement that a state correctional facility in Luzerne County is set for closure has sparked a scramble among lawmakers, area residents and unions to keep the prison open.

But as concerns over the closure of SCI Retreat largely focus on the impact of an economically depressed part of the state, many are questioning the moral ramifications of using prisons as economic stimulants in the first place.
Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: Features
Right 2 Know Episode 24: Southeast Spotlight with Sen. Sharif Street

Right 2 Know Episode 24: Southeast Spotlight with Sen. Sharif Street

In this week's episode of Right 2 Know, our Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino sits down with Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia). The pair chat about criminal justice reform, gun control and the close of Philly's Hahnemann University Hospital. We also hear about Marco's love of Law and Order. Like what you hear? Follow us on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts. 
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation

Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation

Pennsylvania Democrats have proposed myriad ways to legalize marijuana in the Keystone State. The most common avenue suggested is a market-based approach that empowers growers and dispensaries; others have advocated for its sale through the state-store system alongside liquor.

 

Regardless of how to best administer it, the criminal justice side of the marijuana discussion has not been lost as lawmakers grapple with what to do with criminal records plagued by past marijuana convictions.

Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

The Senate approved the $33.99 billion General Appropriations bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf and paving the way for the completion of an on-time budget—often times a rarity in Harrisburg.

Eight Democrats voted against the spending plan, citing reasons ranging from defunding General Assistance, to funding cuts for conservation programs. Republicans cheered its investment in workforce development programs and its healthy deposit in the Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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