Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joined on Monday morning to discuss legislation that they co-sponsored that deals with the hate crimes that have been happening in the Commonwealth.

SB 676 is called the Tolerance, Respect and Understanding Program, also known as TRU.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Lawmakers roll out bipartisan licensure reform bill

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan licensure reform bill

Fresh off the passage of the Clean Slate Act in 2018, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are looking to build off their criminal justice reform victory and remove employment barriers for former offenders. 

Senators John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) were joined by House Minority Whip Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) Wednesday to stump for an occupational licensure reform bill that would prohibit state boards from denying professional licenses based on past criminal convictions that are unrelated to the profession.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

A bipartisan group of senators banded together Tuesday to call for legislative action on lead poisoning as they unveiled bills to address lead contamination in homes, buildings and water systems. 

The legislative package is a direct result of the state’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure, which was established in 2017. Led by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), the senators announced bills that would require universal lead testing for children, mandate inspections of child-care facilities, establish a statewide lead-free housing registry, and require all school drinking systems to be inspected and certified. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

It was a slow week in Harrisburg, with lawmakers returning to their districts prior to next week’s session. But just because state legislators weren’t in the Capitol doesn’t mean they weren’t busy introducing new legislation. This week there were a number of new proposals introduced as co-sponsorship memos, detailing upcoming bills in the state legislature. 

If you missed this week’s new co-sponsorship memos, continue reading to learn about the many ideas lawmakers have for Pennsylvania and to keep track of what proposals could become law.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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