Senate hearings reveal need for more behavioral health services; gun control legislation still in question

Senate hearings reveal need for more behavioral health services; gun control legislation still in question

A spate of marathon Senate Judiciary Committee hearings revealed a glimpse into the complex task of reducing gun violence across the commonwealth, and while panelists appeared to agree on the need for expanded mental health services, the future of gun-related legislation remains in question for members of the General Assembly.  

The long-awaited hearings, promised by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) as a “prelude to action” following two summer mass shootings in the U.S., featured testimony from psychiatrists, gun rights advocates, prosecutors and gun control advocates — who all appeared to agree that residents lack access to mental health care that could reduce instances of violence. 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

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 addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

House Democrats led by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) joined to announce a package of bills that would put more money into supporting safe schools and healthy students. 

The legislators want to be able to stop problems in schools before they happen by building a better team for those working in schools, supporting students in need and also supporting the supporters in schools. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

It was a slow week in Harrisburg, with lawmakers returning to their districts prior to next week’s session. But just because state legislators weren’t in the Capitol doesn’t mean they weren’t busy introducing new legislation. This week there were a number of new proposals introduced as co-sponsorship memos, detailing upcoming bills in the state legislature. 

If you missed this week’s new co-sponsorship memos, continue reading to learn about the many ideas lawmakers have for Pennsylvania and to keep track of what proposals could become law.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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