Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Despite passing the Senate last week, a bill to halt the proposed closing of two state centers has been put on hold to the chagrin of lawmakers from the affected areas.

The bill was set to be considered in the House Health Committee last Wednesday but House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) appeared before the committee in an emotional meeting, requesting the bill be tabled until December.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

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 enact more safeguards to cut down on wrongful convictions, increase daycare safety through smoke detector inspections and expand access to solar energy.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls on ICE to halt immigration enforcement in Pa. after family separations

Wolf calls on ICE to halt immigration enforcement in Pa. after family separations

After four Pennsylvania children were reportedly separated from their families by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this summer, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon the federal agency to pause operations until they can ensure the safety of children in the state. 

In a strongly worded letter sent Monday to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Wolf chastised the agency for separating four children from their families as a result of “overly aggressive” immigration enforcement. 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Highly-debated cash assistance program ends as Commonwealth Court denies injunction

Highly-debated cash assistance program ends as Commonwealth Court denies injunction

A cash assistance program that benefited some of Pennsylvania’s poorest and most vulnerable residents comes to an end today.

The General Assistance program, which sparked fiery debates in the General Assembly this session, formally ends Thursday after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Republican-backed legislation to end the program back in June. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf signs executive order to overhaul state services for vulnerable populations

Wolf signs executive order to overhaul state services for vulnerable populations

 

In an effort to improve state services for vulnerable populations across the state, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed an executive order to launch a new office that will review and recommend changes to social and protective services.  

The executive order will establish the Office of Advocacy and Reform and will be made up of three positions: an appointed executive director, an appointed child advocate and the Department of Aging’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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