Sen. Killion building support for ERPO bill

Sen. Killion building support for ERPO bill

Senator Thomas Killion (R-Chester) will use the Senate’s May recess to meet with stakeholders and try to get more support among colleagues for his extreme risk protection order, or ERPO, bill.

The legislation creates the framework to temporarily remove guns from the possession of those considered a danger to others and themselves. It’s been adopted in other states as a way to reduce gun-related deaths, especially suicides.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

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 addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of May 13

5 bills to watch for the week of May 13

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 charter school reform to fracking, here are five bills to watch for the week of May 13.

Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Natalie Mihalek

Freshman Focus: Rep. Natalie Mihalek

Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter for our series "Freshman Focus". Find out what her goals are, why she decided to run and what she likes to do in her spare time.

Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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