Rep. Santarsiero Calls for Eating Disorder Education in Schools

Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) unveiled legislation today that would require school districts to share information about eating disorders in fifth through 12th grades.

HB 1959 includes guidelines that would allow school boards to voluntarily develop an eating disorder screening program, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder. Rep. Santarsiero was joined by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) in introducing this legislation in the Capitol media center.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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BAYADA Home Health Care Recognizes “Champions”

BAYADA Home Health Care held an awards ceremony during the seventh annual BAYADA Day Tuesday in the Main Capitol Rotunda.

The first annual BAYADA Home Health Care Champion Award was established to recognize those government officials who have consistently supported their mission and were given this year to Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) and Secretary of Aging Brian Duke.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Sen. Leach to Expand Disabled Veterans' Real Estate Tax Exemption Program

Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) unveiled  legislation regarding disabled veterans’ at the Capitol Tuesday.

SB 1335 would expand the existing real estate tax exemption program so that more of Pennsylvania’s military families are eligible. Sen. Leach stated that his bill would eliminate the “Period of War” requirement and allow veterans with a disability rating to take a percentage exemption off of their real estate taxes that is equal to their disability rating.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Gift Ban Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate, House Will Wait on Legislative Push

Legislation banning public officers from taking cash gifts or their equivalents made its way through the Senate State Government Committee Monday afternoon with the legislation anticipated to be passed by the full Senate by the end of the week.

Senate Bill 1327 by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) amends the law regulating public officers to prohibit the acceptance of cash gifts or their equivalents from a lobbyist or someone with business before the Commonwealth.

Sen. Baker noted she has been interested in introducing the legislation for months, particularly since she represents the area affected by the “Kids-for-Cash” scandal where judges took cash in exchange for sentencing juveniles to facilities owned by those offering the bribes when the sentences were not warranted.

“I believe this bill is a straightforward, commonsense approach,” Sen. Baker stated.

She further noted the bill addresses situations where public officers receive things like “Kohl’s Cash” or other store rewards. “We wanted to ensure that some of those common sense things were also considered as part of the legislation,” she said.

Sen. Baker called this a first step in putting a fundamental principle into law.


Monday, April 7, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Government Reform Caucus Urges Action on Gift Bans

Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) and Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), co-chairmen of the Government Reform Caucus, held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center on Monday to urge action on bills that would require certain financial disclosures.

Rep. Dunbar explained that HB 1872 and SB 750 would require the reporting of any gift worth more than $50 and any expenses related to transportation, hospitality, or lodging worth more than $100. Sen. Teplitz explained that the bicameral, bipartisan caucus was formed last year with the goal of developing legislation that would make a wide variety of reforms to state government.

Monday, April 7, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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