Lawmakers push to cut PSU board of trustees, among other reforms for state-related universities

Lawmakers push to cut PSU board of trustees, among other reforms for state-related universities

Three Republican legislators and Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined together Tuesday to formally announce a legislation package to let more light into the oft-opaque world of Pennsylvania's state-related institutions.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is a good government issue,” Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence) said.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House members split over bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases

House members split over bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases

State representatives were torn Tuesday, at the House Judiciary Committee’s second public hearing on gun policy, over whether or not to support House Bill 1400, which would require background checks on all firearm purchases. 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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With Arizona death in rearview mirror, PennDOT introduces plan to regulate autonomous vehicles

With Arizona death in rearview mirror, PennDOT introduces plan to regulate autonomous vehicles

In light of a fatal accident in Arizona last month involving an Uber autonomous vehicle, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced a plan to increase safety regulations for self-driving vehicles in the commonwealth Monday.

“We value the contribution that companies and other entities engaged in autonomous vehicle research and deployment bring to Pennsylvania, but we can’t ignore the concern, and safety always comes first,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said at a summit in Pittsburgh on self-driving vehicles.

Monday, April 9, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
First day of House gun policy hearings reveals bipartisan support for domestic violence bill

First day of House gun policy hearings reveals bipartisan support for domestic violence bill

At the first in a series of public hearings on gun policy scheduled over the next two weeks, both Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said they were in favor of Senate Bill 501, and its House partner, House Bill 2060.
Monday, April 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Down Syndrome abortion ban passes House Health committee

Down Syndrome abortion ban passes House Health committee

By a 17-9 vote, the House Health Committee advanced a bill to the House floor Monday that would ban abortion solely because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

The vote fell nearly along party lines except for Rep. Gerard Mullery (D-Luzerne) joining Republicans voting in the affirmative.

Monday, April 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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