Civil window debate snarls up grand jury report response

Civil window debate snarls up grand jury report response

A preliminary offer from the Pennsylvania Senate that does not allow for retroactive civil suits has strained negotiations on the legislative response to the grand jury report.

The offer, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, includes a tribunal of state appeals judges tasked with handing out money from a defined fund, which a senate memo describes as “the most compensation a victim can receive in the timeliest manner possible.”

Any organization could pay in to settle child abuse cases. The panel would audit groups to determine how much funding each could reasonably offer, and victims would have one year to make claims.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

The Pennsylvania House voted to get rid of their own state vehicle leases Monday, with supporters claiming it would be more cost effective and protect the state from liability, following a summer of bad press around a lawmaker’s driving.

“We’re not doing anything that would warrant having specialized state-owned vehicles,” Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) said.

The bill, HB 482 sponsored by Roae, passed 140-44. Currently, 42 members of the General Assembly, including 27 members of the House, lease state vehicles. All leases in the House belong to Democrats, though members of the Senate GOP leadership also lease.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Soaring rhetoric and thunderous applause greeted the Pennsylvania House’s amendment of the civil window into a statute of limitations bill Monday.

"I don't give a damn if [abuse] happened 40 minutes ago or 40 years ago,” Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) said on the floor to a round of cheers from fellow members and the gallery filled with victims of abuse.

After the amended SB 261 moved out of the House by a vote of 173-21 Tuesday however, the Senate expressed no desire to quickly concur on the legislation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statute of limitations bill

Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statute of limitations bill

In a release Friday evening, the church's Pennsylvania leadership, through their legislative wing the Catholic Conference, came out in favor of a voluntary fund managed by experts to disperse compensation to survivors of abuse by priests.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

Mary McHale was sexually assaulted by her priest as a teen, and her experience is one of over a thousand included in the state’s grand jury report released last month.

Speaking at a press conference this week, flanked by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and local DAs, she took a hard stance against legislative opposition to the grand jury report.

“If you don’t support this bill, you are standing with the pedophiles,” McHale said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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