Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been removed from the statutorily required review of SCI Retreat’s closure after offhand comments at a public hearing on the matter sparked a firestorm that involved three Democrats calling for him to be fired from his post.

J.J. Abbott, press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, confirmed that Wetzel will no longer be a part of the review process required under Act 133. In an effort to reboot the process, Wolf is also calling for additional public hearings to be held on the matter as part of a more thorough probe.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Despite Wolf opposition, both chambers move forward moratoriums on closing White Haven, Polk centers

Despite Wolf opposition, both chambers move forward moratoriums on closing White Haven, Polk centers

Supporters of the White Haven and Polk state centers received a rare bit of good news Tuesday, as a last-ditch attempt to halt their closure gained committee approval despite a spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf saying he opposes the legislation.

Lawmakers from Venango and Luzerne counties, where Polk and White Haven are located respectively, vowed a legislative response after the Department of Human Services said in August that it would close the two facilities, citing the desire to transfer more patients to community-based care.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week The PLS Reporter met with one legislator who is trying to get rid of the need to have a permit to have a lemonade stand, Rep. Elect David Rowe (R-Snyder) took over former Representative Fred Keller's seat, and Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled legislation to completely eliminate school property taxes. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Lemonade stands remain illegal in PA without a permit, one legislator is working to change that

VIDEO: Lemonade stands remain illegal in PA without a permit, one legislator is working to change that

Most people are unaware that in Pennsylvania children under the age of 18 are not allowed to have a lemonade stand without purchasing a permit beforehand. 

After seeing how this law affected one of his own residents, Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) decided he would sponsor a bill changing that rule.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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