Despite expressed concerns, House’s Kane impeachment investigation to forge ahead

Despite expressed concerns, House’s Kane impeachment investigation to forge ahead

Redoubling efforts begun in the Senate, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts began its impeachment investigation process Tuesday by holding a background hearing that detailed the impeachment of Justice Rolf Larsen as well as a discussion of the legal implications of impeachment and its associated process.

One wrinkle in the investigation appeared early in the hearing, however.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation seeks to close domestic violence loophole

Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) was supported by other legislators, two district attorneys, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Wednesday as she pushed for her legislation—House Bill 1581—which would make strangulation a felony offense.

Last year Pennsylvania had 97 deaths as a result of domestic violence and six of them involved strangulation, a crime advocates say does not fit “nicely” into current domestic violence offenses and can often leave no visible signals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Amid concerns, House committee advances changes to child protection law

While a number of members expressed concern that House Bill 1276 will roll back significant changes made to background-check provisions of Pennsylvania’s child protection laws, the House Children and Youth Committee moved the bill to the full House for consideration Monday by a vote of 24 to 2.

According to a House Republican caucus bill summary of the legislation, House Bill 1276 is aimed at narrowing background check requirements for employees and volunteers who work with children and clarifying 2014 changes to the law that have drawn the most complaints.

While a number of concerns were raised about the bill, Chairman Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said any amendments would have to be offered in the floor and not in committee.

“I want to give everyone the opportunity to be heard…but it might not happen very seriously in the committee,” she said.

Monday, June 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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