Capitol prepares for newly extended run of gun-policy public hearings

Capitol prepares for newly extended run of gun-policy public hearings

In response to a torrent of outrage on guns and cries for stricter gun laws, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee will hold five public hearings over the next two weeks on firearm laws.

The meetings were originally slated for Monday through Thursday of next week, but will now run from April 9 through 11, along with April 16 and 17. The additional meetings were necessary to accommodate additional speakers.

Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pennsylvania Dems propose legislation to extend sexual harassment protections

Pennsylvania Dems propose legislation to extend sexual harassment protections

Flanked by members of the Democratic caucuses from both chambers, Governor Tom Wolf struck a hard tone Thursday as he introduced a package of bills to address sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

“We can not and will not accept this as normal,” Wolf said.
Thursday, April 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration while Costa presents new public health authority

Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration while Costa presents new public health authority

Citing a baker’s dozen of policy initiatives aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic, Governor Tom Wolf signed an extension of the state’s disaster declaration Wednesday. 

The governor was joined by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), who presented a bill to create a new public health emergency declaration separate from the governor’s constitutional right to declare a disaster. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Cell phone driving ban slated for April committee agenda following House hearing

Cell phone driving ban slated for April committee agenda following House hearing

With two bills on cell phone use behind the wheel in front of them, the House Transportation Committee heard over two hours of testimony from bereaved parents, state police and industry leaders Tuesday.

Both Rep. Rosemary Brown’s (R-Monroe) HB 1684 and Rep. Thomas Murt’s (R-Montgomery) HB 892 would make driving while using a handheld electronic device illegal for any reason.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Anti-hazing bill in honor of PSU’s Piazza passes judiciary committee

Anti-hazing bill in honor of PSU’s Piazza passes judiciary committee

A bill in honor of Penn State University student Timothy Piazza, who died last year during a fraternity event that has raised allegations of hazing, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The bill, SB 1090, was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) last Friday. It would add more categories of hazing to state law, including a felony charge in cases of serious bodily harm or death.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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