Democrats consider sexual assault reporting bill for college campuses

Democrats consider sexual assault reporting bill for college campuses

The House Democratic Policy Committee discussed House Bill 962, the Safe Campuses Act, during Friday’s public hearing at Temple University.

Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia), the bill’s prime sponsor, wants Pennsylvania to require all post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities to adopt policies to have a uniform standard for reporting sexual harassment.

Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

In January, the City of Philadelphia announced it will implement safe injection sites, also known as comprehensive user engagement sites (CUES), in an effort to limit the number of people who will likely die from overdosing on opioids. 

Since the announcement, several Democrats have not warmed up to the progressive plan. 
Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny) introduced two bills last week that would combat the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth. 

The first bill, House Bill 2200, requires state agencies to report all efforts they take to implement laws regarding addiction. This information would be used to create a report submitted to the Department of State.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Opioids
Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) has drafted a bill that would expunge school suspensions from students’ records. The idea is to limit the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon and to give students a second chance. 

The school-to-prison pipeline is the idea that underfunded public schools that have minimal resources with harsh discipline policies lead to students being funneled into juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Game Commission report highlights threat of Chronic Wasting Disease to state deer population

Game Commission report highlights threat of Chronic Wasting Disease to state deer population

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has infiltrated deer populations in the commonwealth and could directly affect local hunters, according to the executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Bryan Burhans. 

“We can use the help of the legislature,” Burhans said today while testifying to the House Game and Fisheries Committee. 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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