Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261

Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined other legislators and advocates for Senate Bill 261 at a late night press conference Wednesday night. 

The speakers shared their disappointment in the Senate not voting on SB 261 and are hoping to be in again to vote on the bill before the year is over. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) was joined by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to share their excitement for House Bill 2557 passage by the Senate. 

This bill updates the way municipalities exit Act 47 and enables the city of Harrisburg to continue to balance its budget. Kim stated that the governor has agreed to sign the bill and she is hoping to see it on his desk by the end of this week or next week. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Greenleaf's safe harbor legislation sent to Governor's desk

Greenleaf's safe harbor legislation sent to Governor's desk

After three sessions of attempts, child sex trafficking victims will no longer having to worry that they could face prosecution for prostitution.

The bill, SB 554, sponsored by retiring Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) passed the House without a single dissenting vote Wednesday. It had previously passed the House in April unanimously.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pressure filled week ends in no Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure filled week ends in no Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week, including victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and personal conversations with Senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

However, leadership in both chambers left a compromise, even post election in a lame duck session, on the table.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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PA receives an "F" when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change

PA receives an "F" when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change

Sen. Arthur Haywood (D-Montgomery) joined Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) at a press conference to express their concerns over lead levels in Pennsylvania schools.

Haywood stated that there are at least 12 cities and towns across the commonwealth that tested for high levels of lead. Pennsylvania as a whole received the grade F when it comes to lead in water by a group called "Get the Lead Out."

In response the legislature made two changes in the School Code as part of budget negotiations. Now, all schools must test for lead or have a public hearing on the issue of lead in their facilities.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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