Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

After nearly two years of meetings, tours, and discussions, lawmakers seeking to improve conditions for women in state correctional facilities may be close to introducing an omnibus bill.  

The process started with 15 different bills proposed in early 2018. This fall, both chambers may see one bill with five key recommendations submitted. 
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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City Council passes resolution for CPS hearings

City Council passes resolution for CPS hearings

Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution Thursday creating a special committee to begin hearings on child separation practices and policies with Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services (CPS). The vote happened after the bill was initially put on hold, but a revised version was introduced and voted on through a rules suspension.
 
The original resolution was introduced last week by co-sponsoring Councilmembers Cindy Bass (D-District 8) and David Oh (R-At Large). Much of the interest in CPS and their policy stems from a social worker investigating Oh for child abuse following his eight-year-old son’s collarbone injury last summer as Oh was teaching them martial arts.
Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Temple University to join Attorney General, city on Kensington Initiative

Temple University to join Attorney General, city on Kensington Initiative

A federal grant will help bring Temple University on board to study the Kensington Initiative, according to a statement released Tuesday. The partnership between the state attorney general and the city of Philadelphia will receive over $358,000 to include the university to examine the program’s methods and results. 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) started the initiative with local, state, and national law enforcement agencies to target major criminal drug organizations in the neighborhood. The drug problem in Kensington, notorious for what’s been called the “largest open-air drug market” in the United States, escalated with the opioid crisis. 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP

AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) told citizens at the Community College of Philadelphia Monday night he’s planning to send his oldest child to college next year while he’s still paying his own college loans. 
 
Shapiro held a town hall to hear from residents about their struggles with student loans as his office continues their lawsuit with Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan financers. The state’s suit began in 2017.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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SEPTA to purchase solar power from Franklin County project

SEPTA to purchase solar power from Franklin County project

While Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tries to negotiate a greener future for Pennsylvania, some major names have already committed to using more renewable energy. Among them, SEPTA recently agreed to purchase a portion of their expected electricity needs from two solar farm in Franklin County.
 
The state’s largest regional mass transit operator announced in July their plan to purchase from the farms, which will be owned and operated by Lightsource BP. The farms will exclusively produce electricity for SEPTA with a rate locked in for 20 years.
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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