With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

The recent announcement that a state correctional facility in Luzerne County is set for closure has sparked a scramble among lawmakers, area residents and unions to keep the prison open.

But as concerns over the closure of SCI Retreat largely focus on the impact of an economically depressed part of the state, many are questioning the moral ramifications of using prisons as economic stimulants in the first place.
Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: Features
Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

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 establish act on recommendations to reform the state pension system, provide more opportunities for municipal broadband deployment and require background checks for political candidates.

Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday his committee would not be taking up so-called red flag legislation, with Democrats saying they will exhaust any means necessary to get a top priority of gun control advocates across the line.

The comments from Chair Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) come on the same day his committee passed a raft of firearms bills, including ones to reimpose mandatory minimums on a range of gun and violent crimes, as well as a controversial proposal to make it harder for local governments to pass their own gun control measures.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Democrats push for Pennsylvania to catch up to its neighbors with renewable energy policy

Democrats push for Pennsylvania to catch up to its neighbors with renewable energy policy

As more states are taking it into their own hands to address climate change issues, Democrats in Pennsylvania are hoping to get the commonwealth up to speed with some of its neighbors.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting on July 25 to discuss how Pennsylvania can transition toward using renewable energy and meeting a goal of 100-percent clean energy by 2050. Comitta told The PLS Reporter that her biggest takeaway from the testimony was the “urgency” from those who spoke about renewable energy, waste management, and the immediate need for change.

Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

As federal immigration raids have reignited a national debate on immigration policy, Pennsylvania is facing an immigration-related conundrum of its own — what to do with a federal facility in Berks County that houses immigrants without documentation.

Activists have called on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to unilaterally shut down the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC), but officials say current conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order (ERO).
Tuesday, July 23, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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