Gov. Wolf “bans the box” on state employment applications

Gov. Wolf “bans the box” on state employment applications

While legislation to “ban the box”—otherwise known as removing a requirement to disclose prior criminal convictions on job applications—is pending, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday announced a policy shift with state employment that would bring the practice to future non-civil service hires under the governor’s jurisdiction.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Wednesday brought multiple press conferences to the Capitol

Wednesday brought multiple press conferences to the Capitol

Starting with the American Red Cross, the Capitol saw lots of press conferences throughout Wednesday. 

Representatives from American Rep Cross joined to discuss certain safety measures.

Later lawmakers joined to discuss priorities of the PA SAFE Caucus which brings light to state firearm and public safety. 

Next Sen. Arthur Haywood (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Vincent Hughes(D-Philadelphia) joined others to announce a new plan to gain additional revenue for the Commonwealth. 

Lastly, several Democratic lawmakers joined to discuss the effects the commonwealth would face if the Affordable Care Act would be repealed.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pennsylvania given an "F" grade for failure to protect children from lead in water supply

Pennsylvania given an "F" grade for failure to protect children from lead in water supply

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) spoke at a press conference Tuesday morning where he discussed the issue the Commonwealth is facing by having traces of lead in some city water supplies.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video

Tweeted: The week of February 20, 2017

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has taken up an ambitious agenda early in the 2017-2018 term, addressing in its first three full session weeks bills dealing with natural gas minimum royalties and statute of limitations reform for child sex abuse cases.

 

As the Senate recessed for its annual round of budget hearings Wednesday, it did so after passing two other controversial proposals – one that would restrict abortions in Pennsylvania by disallowing them after the 21st week and one labeled “paycheck protection” in that it would prohibit the automatic deduction of public employee union dues money that would be used for political purposes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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