School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Surrounded by a gauntlet of metal detectors, dogs and guards toting machine guns, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th District) knows he’s well protected in the nation's Capitol Building.

But looking out to the nation’s schools — which recently have been the site of gruesome mass shootings drawing a gamut of emotions from sadness to fear to outrage — Barletta sees far fewer resources, and it makes him think.

Friday, June 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

A bill that expands criminal trespass into a felony when on pipelines, chemical plants, refineries and other similar industrial or transportation related infrastructure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), SB 652 adds four new crimes to state law, three of which are first degree felonies that can come with a minimum fine of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the charge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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