Civil Service Commission “bans the box” on state employment applications

Civil Service Commission “bans the box” on state employment applications

Joining in a move announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf for non-civil service positions, the state Civil Service Commission announced this week that it will no longer include a question about criminal convictions on a majority of employment applications for civil service positions.

Friday, May 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Pennsylvania lawmakers at both the state and federal level are introducing proposals aimed to end “lunch shaming,” the practice by some schools of singling out students with unpaid pre-paid meal balances in their school lunch account.

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

By a 48-0 vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Estelle Richman for a spot on the School Reform Commission, the state-created oversight body for the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Richman was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf in October 2016 after two commissioners from the five-member board stepped down. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Following the recent release of a Grand Jury report by Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlining the negligent and potentially illegal activity of former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed and other city and county government actors concerning the city’s incinerator, lawmakers at the state Capitol are hoping the event will act as a catalyst for bipartisan, bicameral legislation to make it across the legislative finish line.

 

Reintroducing, amending, and developing new proposals, a small group of House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday said some actions by municipalities and related authorities could put the taxpayers on the hook for bad financial decisions, illegal activity, or negligent actions; things that the package of bills being introduced are designed to prevent.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

The most predominant visual reminder for lawmakers and staff of hunger issues facing Pennsylvanians, the Capitol Hunger Garden—located between the Capitol’s Ryan Office Building and the House side of the Main Capitol—was opened Wednesday morning with an initial planting conducted by legislative leaders and anti-hunger advocates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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