House Judiciary passes bills aimed at protecting corrections officers; vote on 'monumental' criminal justice reform to come

House Judiciary passes bills aimed at protecting corrections officers; vote on 'monumental' criminal justice reform to come

The House Judiciary Committee passed a slate of bills Tuesday to beef up protections for corrections officers, raising the eyebrows of some of the committee’s more liberal members despite a pledge from the chairman that more aggressive criminal justice reform measures will get a look next month.

The bills, which include increasing penalties for assaulting a corrections officer and allowing county corrections officers to lock their personal firearms in their vehicles, all passed with some measure of bipartisan support.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects

House lawmakers passed a controversial bill Tuesday that would mandate medical facilities bury or cremate fetal remains following a stillbirth or miscarriage.

 

Under the legislation, health care facilities would be required to bury or cremate fetal remains, while families would have the option of taking possession of the remains for a private ritual burial.

Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From a lobbying gift ban to school choice, here are five bills to watch for the week of November 18.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From manufacturing tax credits to volunteer fire departments, here are five bills to watch for the week of September 16.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would ban guns at public recreation areas, allow vaccine transporters to access state roads during emergencies and expunge certain eviction records to improve access to housing.

Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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