As Governor prepares to sign criminal justice bill, sights turn to future reform

As Governor prepares to sign criminal justice bill, sights turn to future reform

With one bill waiting for a signature, another waiting for tinkering in the Senate and Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) on his side, Governor Tom Wolf announced his desire to push criminal justice reforms through the legislature Thursday.

The proposed agenda includes state funding for public defenders, building a standardized risk assessment tool for judges assigning bail and a “clean slate” law to help minor criminals clear their records and rejoin society.

Friday, April 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Counties have until last day of 2019 to procure new voting machines

Counties have until last day of 2019 to procure new voting machines

Pennsylvania counties will have until December 31, 2019 to find new voting machines that keep a paper trail, per a Department of State announcement Thursday.
Thursday, April 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Argall discusses new legislation to make prison closures more difficult

Sen. Argall discusses new legislation to make prison closures more difficult

Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) has introduced legislation that would make it more difficult to close prisons in the commonwealth, and would require there to be a year-long public study and a hearing schedule. The PLS Reporter sat down with him to find out more about this piece of legislation.

Thursday, April 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

With signs demanding transparency, community investment, and their very own ‘Alexa’ more than 20 community organizers and concerned residents gathered in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building to ask that elected officials release their much discussed Amazon HQ2 bid to the public Wednesday.

Pittsburgh along with Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and over a dozen other cities, is competing to land Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
House GOP calls for study into state sexual harassment protocols

House GOP calls for study into state sexual harassment protocols

Following in the wake of a harassment case within their own ranks, as well as the #MeToo movement at large, House Republicans today announced a two-bill legislative package aimed at assessing and reforming how cases of sexual harassment and misconduct are dealt with both in state government and the commonwealth at large.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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