Report: Pennsylvania second in nation for clean water permit violations

Report: Pennsylvania second in nation for clean water permit violations

Pennsylvania industries have dumped excessive pollution in the state’s waterways over 600 times within the past year and a half, making the commonwealth the second in the nation for violating clean water permits, according to a new report from the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center (PRPC).

Tuesday, March 27, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Senators push for new bills to reduce prison recidivism

Senators push for new bills to reduce prison recidivism

The Senate Judiciary Committee investigated prison recidivism reform bills during a public hearing Monday.

“Our recidivism rate is 67 percent,” Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks) said of the proportion of commonwealth inmates who return to jail at some point following their release. “It’s a failure.”

Greenleaf is the prime sponsor of Senate Bills 860, 1043, and 61, which aim to reduce recidivism through various means.

Monday, March 26, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Senators demand better agency oversight for pipeline safety

Senators demand better agency oversight for pipeline safety

Lawmakers shared concerns about the lack of regulation for ongoing and future pipeline projects in Pennsylvania during Tuesday’s joint hearing with the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.


“We have to protect our citizens,” Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) said. “Safety is paramount.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Department of Corrections pushes for more resources at the county level for criminal justice reform

Department of Corrections pushes for more resources at the county level for criminal justice reform

Both the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Council of State Governments' Justice Center said that more resources at the county level will lead to smaller recidivism rates and save state money during a hearing Monday with the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

“You can make the argument that incentivizing counties to be more creative is our best bet,” said DOC Secretary John Wetzel.
Monday, March 19, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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State Police, education groups say they don’t support arming teachers

State Police, education groups say they don’t support arming teachers

Out of the seven public school employees that testified at Thursday’s school safety hearing, only two said they were supportive of the idea of arming teachers.


The Pennsylvania State Police also are not fans of the idea.


The House Education Committee hosted the public forum in response to the Parkland shooting.

Thursday, March 15, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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