A secret no more: Pennsylvania’s grand juries

Recently a grand jury’s decision led to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and protests across the nation. In Pennsylvania the Jerry Sandusky grand jury received national attention.

Most recently Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced her 2016 re-election bid, is the subject of a statewide grand jury determining whether Kane should be charged for contempt of court.

Grand juries are a vital tool in the criminal process and have a knack for catching the attention of the media and the public, but the intricacies of the grand jury process can be unclear since they do not determine guilt or innocence and most of the subject matter is shrouded in secrecy during the process.

Monday, December 22, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

Looking for some holiday reading?

Looking for some holiday reading for your time off?

If you are interested in Pennsylvania politics and government, check out Why are you Here? by former-Sen. Franklin Kury.

Friday, December 19, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tags: holiday

Rendell-era administration officials headline Wolf transition review team leads

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf Thursday announced the heads of his transition review teams, with four of the named transition team leads being former Rendell cabinet secretaries.

According to the governor-elect, these individuals “will review state agencies and provide insight into issues that will allow me to have the knowledge necessary to hit the ground running on January 20."

Thursday, December 11, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
A Closer Look: The Commonwealth’s Rare Collections Library with Stacey Aldrich and Iren Snavely

A Closer Look: The Commonwealth’s Rare Collections Library with Stacey Aldrich and Iren Snavely

The State Library of Pennsylvania is the second oldest State Library in the nation and has existed for over 250 years. Over those 250 years the State Library accumulated a treasure trove of knowledge and important literature, but it is in a secluded dwelling in the basement of the State Library where the rarest treasures are kept.

Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education, Stacey Aldrich, and Rare Books Librarian for the State Library of Pennsylvania, Dr. Iren Snavely, gave The PLS Reporter an inside look at the State Library's Rare Books Collection.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

Success of financially distressed municipalities may depend on additional reform

With the new legislative session quickly approaching it is easy to overlook what was accomplished during the 2013-14 legislative session, even if the paramount legislative issues remain on the legislature’s agenda.

One of the most notable pieces of legislation gained momentum in 2011 and passed in the closing days of the 2013-2014 session, when Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1773, also known as Act 199, which amends the Financially Distressed Municipalities Act of 1987, also known as Act 47. 

Monday, December 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Act 47
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