Dems, faith leaders push for tougher hate crime penalties

Dems, faith leaders push for tougher hate crime penalties

A bevy of lawmakers and faith leaders from across the commonwealth unveiled Wednesday a package of bills to better address hate crimes, coming less than a week after the anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Led by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), whose district includes the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting took place, the bills would give the state attorney general concurrent jurisdiction in hate crimes, expand legally protected groups and give law enforcement and educational institutions more resources to combat incidents of hate and bias.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

That’s the motto of lawmakers leading a push to alter the way teachers across the state are evaluated, with reports that the seven-year-old system is penalizing teachers in schools that are lower performing or in high poverty areas.
Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Two leading senators show interest in reforming the state’s campaign finance laws

Two leading senators show interest in reforming the state’s campaign finance laws

Two leading members in the Pennsylvania Senate expressed interest in overhauling the state’s campaign finance laws on Friday, just days after an investigative report found that state lawmakers have used a campaign finance loophole to mask spending on dinners, travel and other expenses. 

The new proposal from Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) would drastically update Pennsylvania’s campaign finance guidelines by setting limits on contributions to political candidates in the state for the first time. The legislation would also require greater transparency of independent expenditures from corporations and unions, while also requiring political candidates to include credit card statements alongside their regular campaign finance reports. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would overhaul campaign finance laws, ban public officials from working as lobbyists after elected office, and improve the cash flow between state funds.

Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Union organizers all over the state rallied for support for HB 1082, legislation that would provide public sector employees with health and safety protections in the workplace. In Pittsburgh, outside of the City-County building 100 organizers with an assortment of elected officials called on lawmakers to do the same. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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