Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

Following an independent investigation into sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), the Pennsylvania Senate’s leading Democrat is calling on Leach to resign.

 

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released a statement Thursday demanding that Leach resign due to a “lengthy pattern of troubling behavior” that created an “unprofessional and sexualized environment.”

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: Video
Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

A bill from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has brought renewed attention to state support for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, as lawmakers are considering altering the board charged with overseeing Pittsburgh International Airport.

Under the proposal, slated for a committee vote next week, the board would expand from nine to 13 members. The governor and each legislative caucus would appoint a member, in addition to eight representatives appointed by the county executive.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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