Session Live Blog — September 24, 2018

Session Live Blog — September 24, 2018

Follow along here with regular updates on the course of a busy session day, from committee hearings to press conferences to the latest confirmed news

Latest update: 5:25 p.m.

Monday, September 24, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3!

This week in the top three events The PLS Reporter was joined by Department of Corrections Secretary, John Wetzel, to talk about recent turmoil in state prisons thought to be connected to synthetic drugs.

Also this week there were multiple public hearings and meetings including one about 
amending the older adults protective services act and another that looked into a bill that would bring state public sector union laws into line with the federal Janus ruling.

Friday, September 7, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

Both House caucuses Thursday said their respective leadership teams have discussed chamber rule changes to create a standard policy on harassment, as a bill to change the law itself on Capitol complaints appeared stalled.

House Republican spokesperson Steve Miskin said that the changes around sexual harassment would apply to both staffers and members could be implemented soon.

“We’ve been in very strong discussion with Democratic leaders in changing House Rules and having a unified policy,” Miskin said.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

A hearing on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling got a little chippy Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to discredit testimony on the politically charged topic of public sector unions.

With the 5-4 June decision from the country’s highest court, unions representing government employees can no longer ask every workplace member for agency fees.

However, state law still allows for the charging of agency fees, whether involuntary or voluntarily, and Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) introduced her bill, HB 2571, to put the commonwealth in compliance with the new interpretation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Sexual assault resolutions spark debate in House Labor and Industry meeting

Sexual assault resolutions spark debate in House Labor and Industry meeting

Debate around the legislative response to the #metoo movement heated up during Tuesday's House Labor and Industry voting meeting, as passage of two resolutions calling for further study on the issue left some members unhappy about a handful of sexual assault bills that have yet to be brought up.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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