Lawmakers introduce legislation that will help with grandparents raising grandchildren

Lawmakers introduce legislation that will help with grandparents raising grandchildren

On Monday morning, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) was joined by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne), other legislators, cabinet officials, and advocates to introduce bills that would help grandparents who are raising grandchildren in the commonwealth.

Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Kinship care issues analyzed by House Children and Youth Committee

Kinship care issues analyzed by House Children and Youth Committee

The Pennsylvania House committee on Children and Youth held a hearing Wednesday morning to address thoughts and hear from professionals on grandparents raising their grandchildren.

The testifiers ranged from state legislators to actual grandparents impacted by this evolving situation in the commonwealth. The focus of their testimony was on how the legislators can take action.

Children may fall into the custody of their grandparents from a variety of ways, but the committee aimed to analyze the legal, parental, and financial challenges the grandparents face when trying to take custody of their grandchild. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Women in Pennsylvania Government: Rep. Katharine Watson

Women in Pennsylvania Government: Rep. Katharine Watson

 Rep. Katharine Watson (R-Bucks) joined The PLS Reporter for our series "Women in Pennsylvania Government." 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Amid concerns, House committee advances changes to child protection law

While a number of members expressed concern that House Bill 1276 will roll back significant changes made to background-check provisions of Pennsylvania’s child protection laws, the House Children and Youth Committee moved the bill to the full House for consideration Monday by a vote of 24 to 2.

According to a House Republican caucus bill summary of the legislation, House Bill 1276 is aimed at narrowing background check requirements for employees and volunteers who work with children and clarifying 2014 changes to the law that have drawn the most complaints.

While a number of concerns were raised about the bill, Chairman Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said any amendments would have to be offered in the floor and not in committee.

“I want to give everyone the opportunity to be heard…but it might not happen very seriously in the committee,” she said.

Monday, June 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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