VIDEO: Kim bill would require jails to provide mothers who give birth while incarcerated a family-centered space

VIDEO: Kim bill would require jails to provide mothers who give birth while incarcerated a family-centered space

The PLS Reporter joined Rep. Patty Kim (R-Dauphin) to talk about legislation that she plans to introduce that requires correctional facilities to provide a family-centered housing unit where mothers who give birth while incarcerated are able to stay with their babies for up to 18-months.  

These mothers would need to get approved by a board to have their babies with them, which would depend a lot on the crime that they committed and the severity. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Citing federal overreach, GOP lawmaker wants to give states the power to repeal federal policies

Citing federal overreach, GOP lawmaker wants to give states the power to repeal federal policies

Would giving states the ability to repeal federal policies restore state sovereignty and rein in government overreach? One state lawmaker thinks so and wants to give states the constitutional ability to rebuke the federal government.

 

Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson) is sponsoring a resolution that calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution with a “Countermand Amendment” that would give state legislatures the ability to repeal federal laws, executive orders, regulations and Supreme Court decisions.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 dead and dozens more injured in Ohio and Texas, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon state lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation that would strengthen background checks and temporarily remove guns from the hands of those who are deemed dangerous by a court. 

Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in remembrance of the victims, but urged the General Assembly to find legislative solutions to gun access, poverty and mental health care.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Debate over separating public, private high school sports playoffs continues

Debate over separating public, private high school sports playoffs continues

Just as high schoolers are getting ready to return for their fall sports seasons, the debate over separating public and private high school playoffs will be returning to the Capitol.

In an attempt to strike a more competitive balance between schools, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence) introduced HB 1600, which would not only split Pennsylvania’s high school sports playoffs between public and private schools, but also eliminate the transfer rule that prevents students from transferring for athletics.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Come November, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will have an independent challenger in the form of longtime public defender Lisa Middleton.

Touting a progressive platform and a grassroots campaign, at her campaign kickoff Thursday night, Middleton told attendees that it was time for change in Allegheny County.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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