What’s next for suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery?

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery after that court’s presiding officer, Chief Justice Ronald Castille, announced publicly that Justice McCaffery had traded in pornographic emails along with members of former Attorney General and current Governor Tom Corbett’s staff and others.

The Supreme Court referred the matter for expedited review by the Judicial Conduct Board, which was given 30 days to determine whether a formal complaint should be filed.

While proceedings of this kind are very rare, particularly in the highest appellate court in the state, it has happened before and there is a prescribed process to deal with it. The PLS Reporter has researched what could happen next in this case. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Efforts to kill municipal gun ordinance challenge bill fail

“It’ll kill the bill” was the motto of a number of members of the House Rules Committee Monday afternoon as several attempts to challenge or amend House Bill 80—which would have required additional Senate action and effective killing the bill—failed in committee.

Monday, October 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Guns
VIDEO: Corbett provides update on Ebola preparation in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Corbett provides update on Ebola preparation in Pennsylvania

In a Friday morning press conference, Gov. Tom Corbett provided information on how the commonwealth is prepared for any potential confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. 

Friday, October 17, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Municipal gun ordinance challenge legislation has clear path in House

An amendment to House Bill 80 that would provide standing to membership organizations to challenge municipal gun ordinances when members are aggrieved by the ordinances garnered a lot of debate before it was adopted on the Senate floor Wednesday night.

The full bill, with amendment, passed the full Senate Thursday by a vote of 34-14.

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Prescription drug monitoring bill draws additional concerns as it heads to governor’s desk

The Senate Thursday finally passed Senate Bill 1180, which would provide a prescription drug monitoring database which has been argued to help curb the increase in opiate addiction.

As previously reported by The PLS Reporter, the legislation has been dogged by privacy concerns as it made its way through the General Assembly in a process that has gone on for more than a decade.

However, as the bill moved through the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Thursday, the lone negative vote came from Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), who voiced concerns other than those related to privacy. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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