Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

Though accountability concerns remain, new regulations for intellectually disabled care advance

The Independent Regulatory Review Committee approved an omnibus regulation package for the care of intellectually disabled Pennsylvanians Thursday that providers and advocates said would improve on the state’s current law, even as some fretted about accountability measures.

Revealed by the Department of Human Services in 2016, the regulations will undo some 2012 vintage rules around care for people with intellectual disabilities or autism, passed with little outside input.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week. Victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and held personal conversations with senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

But Wednesday, the last voting day before the Nov. 6 elections, there never was a vote on SB 261 — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s (R-Jefferson) own bill, amended in the House to include a civil window that he refused to back. 
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261

Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined other legislators and advocates for Senate Bill 261 at a late night press conference Wednesday night. 

The speakers shared their disappointment in the Senate not voting on SB 261 and are hoping to be in again to vote on the bill before the year is over. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) was joined by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to share their excitement for House Bill 2557 passage by the Senate. 

This bill updates the way municipalities exit Act 47 and enables the city of Harrisburg to continue to balance its budget. Kim stated that the governor has agreed to sign the bill and she is hoping to see it on his desk by the end of this week or next week. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Greenleaf's safe harbor legislation sent to Governor's desk

Greenleaf's safe harbor legislation sent to Governor's desk

After three sessions of attempts, child sex trafficking victims are one step closer to no longer having to worry that they could face prosecution for prostitution.

SB 554, sponsored by retiring Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) passed the House without a single dissenting vote Wednesday. It had previously passed the House in April unanimously.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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