Wolf signs bill naming the Eastern Hellbender the state amphibian

Wolf signs bill naming the Eastern Hellbender the state amphibian

Gov. Tom Wolf joined Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other advocates for clean water to sign legislation that designates the Eastern Hellbender as Pennsylvania's state amphibian. 

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House Republicans showcase steps forward in supporting crime victims

House Republicans showcase steps forward in supporting crime victims

House Republican members joined in the Main Rotunda Wednesday to show their support for victims of abuse. 

The chamber has passed more than a dozen bills this month that House Republican's claim are related to supporting crime victims and abuse survivors. The House also acted in some fashion on all of the recommendations from the grand jury investigation that looked into the sexual abuse that was taking place in the Catholic Church. House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler(R-Lancaster) stated that by the end of today's session, all four recommendations will have passed through the house. He could not speak on what the Senate would do next.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

Growing Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector is an objective that has received bipartisan support in Harrisburg in recent weeks, as both Republicans and Democrats have underscored the importance of addressing and adapting to new trends in farming. 
 

Tuesday’s House Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture gave lawmakers the opportunity to gauge department secretary Russell Redding on the state of Pennsylvania’s largest industry, as well as a forum to seek solutions to obstacles the department — and Pennsylvania’s farmers — are facing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board

Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board

Lawmakers are expecting a renewed push to codify the consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole after Corrections Secretary John Wetzel called for legislative action on the matter Thursday..

In 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his administration would combine overlapping services in the two agencies, mainly focused on re-entry programs, that would be formalized in a memorandum of understanding signed by Wetzel and then-PBPP Chair Leo Dunn.
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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