Lawmakers condemn threats to PA Jewish Community Centers

Lawmakers condemn threats to PA Jewish Community Centers

As a nationwide rash of threats to Jewish Community Centers hit Pennsylvania Monday with bomb threats levied toward Jewish Community Centers in Harrisburg and York, state leaders were condemning the threats of violence and destruction.

 

The threats also come on the heels of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia being desecrated over the weekend.

Monday, February 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would remove the statutory provisions establishing in law the minimum amount of paid sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to be granted to public school teachers and would instead subject such benefits to collective bargaining between each individual school district and teachers.

 

While the bill—Senate Bill 229—did advance to the full Senate for consideration, it did so with bipartisan opposition.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

The heads of three Senate committees stated Wednesday that they will be scheduling hearings in the coming weeks to vet the recent potential impact of the recently announced prison closures.

 

Late last week, the Department of Corrections announced the coming closure of two state prisons and released a list of five potential closures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Philadelphia, state lawmakers speak out against proposed reenactment of municipal gun ordinance preemption law

Philadelphia city officials were joined by state lawmakers Thursday in Philadelphia City Council Chambers to speak out against two legislative proposals moving through the General Assembly that would reenact a previously-held unconstitutional law that would give standing to membership organizations to bring actions on behalf of members to overturn municipal gun ordinances that are preempted by state law.

 

The original law, which was passed as part of Act 192 of 2014, was found unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this June based upon procedural grounds.

Thursday, September 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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