Did You Get The Memo? Polk and White Haven centers, prescription drug costs and Footloose

Did You Get The Memo? Polk and White Haven centers, prescription drug costs and Footloose

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 place a moratorium on the controversial closure of two state facilities, repeal a 1900s law relating to dance halls and direct the state to study the benefits of importing prescription drugs.
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

Wolf signs 'unprecedented' executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence

In an effort to combat gun violence across the commonwealth, including a high-profile incident in Philadelphia that resulted in six police officers being shot, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday creating a new office focused on gun violence prevention and aiming to improve data sharing across agencies.

The order was originally supposed to be signed Thursday but was postponed in the wake of the Philadelphia shooting, which garnered national headlines as a man held a handful of police officers hostage and kept scores more at bay for hours following an attempt to serve a search warrant.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by state and local lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for his “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, a $4.5 billion proposal that would fund a series of “high-impact” projects through revenue generated from a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas. 

Wolf’s plan aspires to tackle a number of projects, including rural broadband internet access, storm preparedness, blight and lead remediation, as well as various infrastructure and transportation-related initiatives. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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