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
Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week

Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week

A bill that would restore the arrest powers of school police officers could get a final vote as early as next Monday, according to a spokesperson from the House Republican Caucus.

House Bill 49, which originally focused on high school personal finance courses, was amended in the Senate this week to restore school police arrest powers that were inadvertently stripped away by legislation signed into law in June.
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Electric vehicle fees, student-athletes and agritourism

Did You Get The Memo? Electric vehicle fees, student-athletes and agritourism

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 establish an electric vehicle fee, provide income opportunities to student-athletes and protect agritourism in Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities

Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities

Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) held a press conference where he was joined by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny) and advocates to push for adding adult changing facilities in public buildings to help people with disabilities and their families.

Bartolotta has always been a supporter of making things easier for people with special needs and their families and she spoke about the importance of this bill. 

Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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