Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law

Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law

A new report from a powerful House committee found there are shortcomings in the state’s lobbying law that negatively impact transparency and compliance, despite efforts to comply from most lobbying firms.

 

The 42-page report was made public with a 9-0 vote on Wednesday from the House Government Oversight Committee, concluding their first investigation since being formed with the passage of the most recent House rules.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting

Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting

In the historic Hill District neighborhood, the People’s Campaign for Reparations and Black Self-Determination held a town hall to discuss racism, share their own stories, and explore what reparations would look like in the city of Pittsburgh.

When the matter was brought before Pittsburgh City Council, Khalil Raheem, founder of the New African Independence Party defined reparations as a way of using methods ranging from a formal apology to policy changes to address the impact the legacy of systemic racism has had on the black population.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills

Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Safety offered favorable recommendations Wednesday for three ordinances and a resolution to matters under consideration or recently passed by Harrisburg. 
 
Philadelphia has long sought to expand gun safety regulations in the city, only to see previous measures pre-empted by the General Assembly. Some of the bills that earned recommendation in the hearing have been proposed in previous sessions.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Judge blocks certification of Marsy's Law ahead of Nov. 5 election

Judge blocks certification of Marsy's Law ahead of Nov. 5 election

Proposed constitutional amendment will be on ballots but votes will not yet be counted

The controversial victims’ rights amendment, Marsy’s Law, will appear on ballots next week but the election cannot be certified until after its constitutionality is assessed by the courts, Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler ruled Wednesday.

Ceisler was sympathetic in her opinion to arguments that Marsy’s Law, which seeks to give crime victims recourse if certain rights are violated during court proceedings, will significantly alter the balance of power in the criminal justice system.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been removed from the statutorily required review of SCI Retreat’s closure after offhand comments at a public hearing on the matter sparked a firestorm that involved three Democrats calling for him to be fired from his post.

J.J. Abbott, press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, confirmed that Wetzel will no longer be a part of the review process required under Act 133. In an effort to reboot the process, Wolf is also calling for additional public hearings to be held on the matter as part of a more thorough probe.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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