Joint Democratic Hearing considers youth courts as new avenue for justice

Joint Democratic Hearing considers youth courts as new avenue for justice

A joint hearing of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the House Democratic Policy Committee met Tuesday afternoon to hear from Philadelphia youth about their interactions with criminal justice and youth courts held in schools to resolve complaints that could otherwise escalate to police involvement.
 
Students and administrators shared their involvement with the Philadelphia Community Youth Court, a program started in 2012 that provides a court-like experience to deal with classroom behavior, shoplifting, and other offenses that might merit criminal charges. Instead, the offender is tried by a jury of peers, with classmates serving as judge, bailiff, and lawyers. They hear cases, render verdicts and punishment, and create follow-up plans to prevent repeat activity.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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
PLCB insists flexible pricing is a boon for Pennsylvania consumers but some lawmakers are skeptical

PLCB insists flexible pricing is a boon for Pennsylvania consumers but some lawmakers are skeptical

Looking to buy a bottle of scotch or a case of wine? Lawmakers are again set to dive into a continued dispute over whether Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor stores are giving consumers the best deal on those liquor products.

The controversy centers on the flexible pricing mechanism, introduced in Act 39 of 2016, which allows the state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores to mark up products at its discretion. Previously it had to mark up all products at a flat 30 percent rate, regardless of a product’s cost.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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