Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

Did You Get The Memo? Gender-neutral driver’s licenses, PFAS restrictions and sex reassignment surgeries

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 roll back PennDOT’s decision to allow gender-neutral licenses, restrict the use of PFAS-based firefighting foam and prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgeries for state prison inmates. 

Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania

Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania

While national debate has increased over the necessity and safety over childhood vaccinations, trends show more students are entering Pennsylvania schools with all their required shots than previous years.

According to Department of Health surveys, a higher percentage of students in public and private schools in the 2017-18 school year had their MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), hepatitis B, and varicella immunizations than those in 2014-15. The number and percentage of students admitted provisionally dropped substantially.

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

From discussions about raising minimum wage to new legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf's Restore PA plan to a new report being released with information about Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and sexual assault claims. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

Following an independent investigation into sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), the Pennsylvania Senate’s leading Democrat is calling on Leach to resign.

 

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released a statement Thursday demanding that Leach resign due to a “lengthy pattern of troubling behavior” that created an “unprofessional and sexualized environment.”

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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