Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

As Democratic lawmakers continue to call for gun reforms, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week announced the committee’s fall schedule, promising a series of hearings on gun violence, the statute of limitations and the parole process in Pennsylvania.

After two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas earlier this month, Baker pledged to hold public hearings prior to taking action on gun-related measures. Those hearings will be held on September 24 and September 25 to address “behavioral health, Second Amendment rights and other gun-related issues,” according to a release from her office.
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 18: Gun control debate returns to Harrisburg

Right 2 Know Episode 18: Gun control debate returns to Harrisburg

Justin and Andrew talk about the renewed calls for legislation to address gun violence in the commonwealth, coming on the heels of two mass shootings last weekend. We get the latest on potential "red flag" legislation and run down why lawmakers may be looking to put more resources into mental health programming in schools. Like what you hear? Follow us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Thirty-one people died after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last weekend, prompting Pennsylvania Democrats to call for stronger gun laws before the Keystone State suffers another mass shooting of its own. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday stopped short of calling for a special session to address gun violence, but the York County Democrat made clear that he wants to see movement on major gun-related bills this session. 
Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania

F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania

At a time when lawmakers from both parties are attempting to pass gun control measures in Harrisburg and Washington, a poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of Pennsylvania residents would support such actions.

The poll, conducted by Franklin and Marshall College, also showed strong voter support for a plan to repair infrastructure in the state similar to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania proposal, which is funded by a severance tax on natural gas. It also noted widespread support for finding another means of funding the State Police to replace shifting money from the Motor Vehicle Licensing Fund, another priority for Wolf.

Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Dems renew call for special session on gun control while key Republicans preach patience

Dems renew call for special session on gun control while key Republicans preach patience

Democrats again appealed to Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday to call a special session on gun control, following recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, as well as sustained gun violence in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.

At least one Republican has joined that call, with Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) telling The PLS Reporter Tuesday that she supported lawmakers returning early from their summer break to address the matter.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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