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
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
Faith-based groups seek nondiscrimination exemption for adoptions

Faith-based groups seek nondiscrimination exemption for adoptions

Under a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services policy, faith-based adoption organizations participating in the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) are required to provide adoption services to people without consideration of religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

While the requirement was intended to root out discrimination from the adoption process, some Catholic advocates say it contradicts their beliefs and undermines their ability to put children into permanent homes.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

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 reduce property tax rates as school districts pay of their debt, prohibit pre-trial detention of children in adult facilities and provide parole eligibility to people with life sentences.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency

House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency

In an effort to increase transparency across the commonwealth, lawmakers in the House State Government Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would strengthen transparency requirements for governmental bodies.

 

Under a new proposal from Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence), the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act would be amended to require government agencies and bodies to post public meeting agendas on their website at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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