Cell phone driving ban slated for April committee agenda following House hearing

Cell phone driving ban slated for April committee agenda following House hearing

With two bills on cell phone use behind the wheel in front of them, the House Transportation Committee heard over two hours of testimony from bereaved parents, state police and industry leaders Tuesday.

Both Rep. Rosemary Brown’s (R-Monroe) HB 1684 and Rep. Thomas Murt’s (R-Montgomery) HB 892 would make driving while using a handheld electronic device illegal for any reason.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Anti-hazing bill in honor of PSU’s Piazza passes judiciary committee

Anti-hazing bill in honor of PSU’s Piazza passes judiciary committee

A bill in honor of Penn State University student Timothy Piazza, who died last year during a fraternity event that has raised allegations of hazing, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The bill, SB 1090, was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) last Friday. It would add more categories of hazing to state law, including a felony charge in cases of serious bodily harm or death.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ellsworth attacks primary competitors, Wolf in Press Club speech

Ellsworth attacks primary competitors, Wolf in Press Club speech

Republican gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth went on the offensive Wednesday afternoon at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, slashing at the qualifications of her two primary opponents as well as incumbent Governor Tom Wolf.

Ellsworth, a Pittsburgh attorney with a history of civic engagement, said all three — Wolf, endorsed Republican candidate Sen. Scott Wagner (York) and Paul Mango — lack the leadership to make the commonwealth grow economically while retaining and attracting new residents.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House discharge resolution under consideration as Pa. legislators, out of state commissioners talk redistricting

House discharge resolution under consideration as Pa. legislators, out of state commissioners talk redistricting

While the Senate is building on a public hearing to write a bill tackling redistricting, the main sponsor of a House bill for a bipartisan redistricting commission said he is mulling a discharge resolution to get his legislation moving.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While new system set to save millions, Senators still question past of statewide emergency radio project

While new system set to save millions, Senators still question past of statewide emergency radio project

A group of Senators gathered Monday morning to resolve lingering questions on the cost and a possible audit of the state’s emergency response radio system.

The current project, P25, is just the latest iteration of an ongoing program since 1996 to connect every policeman, firefighter and other first responders across a unified communication grid.

Monday, March 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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