5 bills to watch for the week of April 15

5 bills to watch for the week of April 15

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 regulatory reform to Right to Know requests, here are five bills to watch for the week of April 15.
Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced Monday the emergency removal of the remaining students at Glen Mills School. 

The Delaware County residential education school for juvenile delinquents currently houses 107 students, 64 from in-state. Some counties and states have previously removed their assigned students after reports of abuse and cover-ups came to light. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released results Thursday of his recent audit into the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), painting a harrowing picture of the agency’s financial state and the uphill battle the commission faces in sustaining the turnpike while also keeping it affordable for travelers.
 
DePasquale pointed to financial barriers the commission is facing — including $11.8 billion worth of debt and annual payments to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) of $450 million for non-turnpike projects — as catalysts for the commission’s dismal financial picture and rising toll costs.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General: Officials in 18 counties accepted gifts from voting machine manufacturers

Auditor General: Officials in 18 counties accepted gifts from voting machine manufacturers

As counties across the state work to comply with a mandate from the governor requiring new voting machines, the state auditor general announced Friday at least 18 counties reported accepting gifts from election equipment vendors dating back to 2013. 

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the report found four companies feted county election officials with gifts ranging from travel to amusement park tickets to free food and drink. The inquiry was launched after it was revealed last year that the top elections official in Luzerne County accepted a Las Vegas trip from manufacturer Election Systems and Software.
Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale announces audit of contract to revamp statewide radio system

DePasquale announces audit of contract to revamp statewide radio system

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Thursday morning where he shared his anger and annoyance towards the failing statewide radio system that Pennsylvania State Police and first responders have been using. 

DePasquale stated that he will soon be starting an audit of the contract for the statewide radio system.

Thursday, May 3, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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