Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

With the breadth of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania now fully realized, eyes are turning to see how the General Assembly will respond this fall.

House leadership promised the day of the report’s release that a vote on SB 261, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) to indefinitely extend statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, would come this fall.

But Scarnati reiterated his opposition to a House-backed provision to let victims of childhood sexual abuse sue in civil court for damages Wednesday evening.

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

In light of the death of Antwon Rose Jr. in a June police shooting, Democratic lawmakers from all over the commonwealth listened to testimony from law enforcement officials, consultants and social justice advocates Tuesday with the weighty goal of improving policing and community relations. 

However, after three hours of testimony that left legislators with more questions than answers, the road to reform looks to be a long one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

While some Democrats have come out strong for new policy in the wake of the shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. in Pittsburgh several weeks ago, the legislation might not be received warmly.

An East Pittsburgh police officers shot and killed Rose, a 17-year-old unarmed black teen, while he was fleeing a traffic stop on June 19. The police officer was arrested, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he was pursuing murder charges.
Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $32.7 billion 2018-19 budget in what lawmakers hope will start a swift march to finish it ahead of the state’s traditional June 30 deadline.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he expected a final floor vote on the bill Wednesday before sending it to the Senate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

By a 31-18 vote, the Senate today passed an amendment to have appeals court members elected by district instead of at large by the state.


Under the new language, the General Assembly would pass enabling legislation to set up the transition from the current maps — or lack thereof — and into districts for judges.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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