5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

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 legalize syringe exchange programs in Pennsylvania, provide paid and unpaid leave for military spouses and tighten restrictions for smoking in public across the state.  
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the arrest powers of school police officers to eliminating straight ticket voting, here are five bills to watch for the week of October 21. 
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Testy public hearing on Sunday hunting draws ire of lawmakers, endangers the future of controversial proposal

Testy public hearing on Sunday hunting draws ire of lawmakers, endangers the future of controversial proposal

The House is set to wade into a heated debate over Sunday hunting in the state, with a tense hearing Tuesday a sign of things to come as both legislators and advocacy groups alike sense a new urgency to lifting the 200-plus year-old ban.

This session marks the closest lawmakers have come in some time to signing off on lifting the Sunday ban on most forms of hunting, although the chair of the House Game and Fisheries Committee said the contentious nature of Tuesday’s hearing might endanger the bill’s passage. 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Four legislators created legislation that gives every PA worker paid family/medical leave

VIDEO: Four legislators created legislation that gives every PA worker paid family/medical leave

Senators Maria Collett (D-Montgomery), and Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), along with Representatives Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) and Dan Miller (D-Allegheny), joined together to create the Family Care Act, which would establish a statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide paid leave for full- and part-time workers.

Funding for this program would come from a payroll deduction of 50 cents from every $100 earned by Pennsylvania workers, and a worker would receive 90 percent of up to $500 in a weekly paycheck and 50 percent of anything more than $500. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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