House GOP unveils transportation funding plan, proposes winding down MLF transfers

House GOP unveils transportation funding plan, proposes winding down MLF transfers

House Republicans unveiled their survey of the state’s infrastructure needs Wednesday, calling for a cycling down of transfers from the Motor License Fund to bankroll State Police, as well as a consolidated permit process for major building projects and other items to help boost road and transit construction.

The Republican Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, chaired by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), was rolled out in July, at a time when PennDOT has notified municipalities that the existing pot of transportation dollars is set to shrink.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Philadelphia City Council meets with school board

Philadelphia City Council meets with school board

The condition of school buildings and the transparency of spending policies were some of the major issues discussed Tuesday as the Philadelphia City Council held their fall meeting with the Philadelphia School District’s school board.
 
The two bodies meet twice a year as per a council resolution. The board returned to local control in 2018 with the dissolution of the School Reform Commission.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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House Judiciary passes bills aimed at protecting corrections officers; vote on 'monumental' criminal justice reform to come

House Judiciary passes bills aimed at protecting corrections officers; vote on 'monumental' criminal justice reform to come

The House Judiciary Committee passed a slate of bills Tuesday to beef up protections for corrections officers, raising the eyebrows of some of the committee’s more liberal members despite a pledge from the chairman that more aggressive criminal justice reform measures will get a look next month.

The bills, which include increasing penalties for assaulting a corrections officer and allowing county corrections officers to lock their personal firearms in their vehicles, all passed with some measure of bipartisan support.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Gift ban legislation clears critical House committee

Gift ban legislation clears critical House committee

In what would be a monumental change to state ethics requirements, the House State Government Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would ban public officials from taking cash gifts and tighten restrictions for what other gifts they may receive.

House Bill 1945 was reported out of committee after a unanimous vote and would update state law to ban all cash gifts to public officials and employees.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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“Enough is enough”: Lawmakers call for increased criminal penalties for bullies

“Enough is enough”: Lawmakers call for increased criminal penalties for bullies

Roughly one in five students admit having been bullied at some point during their schooling, a statistic that does not exempt members of the General Assembly.

As part of a bipartisan push to strengthen criminal penalties for bullies, legislators ditched statistics and policy on Tuesday and settled for a different approach to get their point across: personal experience.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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