Citing single subject rule, groups file suit to halt General Assistance repeal

Citing single subject rule, groups file suit to halt General Assistance repeal

A coalition of activists in Philadelphia is filing suit in an effort to halt the decision by Republican lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to end the state’s cash assistance program for poor residents, a move widely anticipated by observers.

Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania filed suit in Commonwealth Court Monday alleging the law repealing General Assistance, controversially signed by Wolf last month, violated the state constitution’s single subject.
Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Shapiro touts $650 million settlement in Equifax data breach

Shapiro touts $650 million settlement in Equifax data breach

Credit giant Equifax announced Monday that it will pay at least $650 million to settle a series of investigations by federal and state governments into a 2017 data breach that exposed the personal information of almost 150 million Americans.

Pennsylvania and 47 other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, joined together in a lawsuit arguing the company’s lax security system allowed hackers to steal Social Security numbers, credit card information and other sensitive data from consumers who use the credit bureau’s services.
Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House Republicans eye homeschooling exemption for newly altered compulsory school age

House Republicans eye homeschooling exemption for newly altered compulsory school age

The ink has barely dried on Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature but House Republicans are already looking to change one of the highest profile provisions housed in this year’s School Code: lowering the state’s compulsory school age to six years old and barring 17-year-olds from signing themselves out of school.

Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) is circulating a proposal which would grant a waiver for those who inform their school districts that they will home school their child, sparing them two additional years of paperwork which homeschooling advocates argued would be an unfair burden.
Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Right 2 Know Episode 15: Sit down with Rep. Todd Stephens

Right 2 Know Episode 15: Sit down with Rep. Todd Stephens

Justin and Andrew have melted in the heat wave so it is up to our Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino to sit down with our guest this week, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery). The pair talk about the ongoing debate surrounding the Attorney General's newfound concurrent jurisdiction for gun crimes in Philly, as well as beefing up mass transit in the suburbs. Rep. Stephens also updates us on his efforts to get the federal government to address water contamination caused by the former Willow Grove Air Force base. If you like what you hear, follow us on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Murt, gun control activists hope third time is the charm to close state's gun show loophole

Murt, gun control activists hope third time is the charm to close state's gun show loophole

A Republican lawmaker is gearing up for another fight over closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” hoping that the third time's the charm for accomplishing one of the long-held goals for Pennsylvania gun control activists.

Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) is set to introduce a bill, currently being circulated for co-sponsorship, which would create a special check, valid for 48 hours, designed for gun show attendees. It would also require all gun sales be from a federally licensed dealer or take place in front of a sheriff’s deputy.
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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