Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

The heads of three Senate committees stated Wednesday that they will be scheduling hearings in the coming weeks to vet the recent potential impact of the recently announced prison closures.

 

Late last week, the Department of Corrections announced the coming closure of two state prisons and released a list of five potential closures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Philadelphia, state lawmakers speak out against proposed reenactment of municipal gun ordinance preemption law

Philadelphia city officials were joined by state lawmakers Thursday in Philadelphia City Council Chambers to speak out against two legislative proposals moving through the General Assembly that would reenact a previously-held unconstitutional law that would give standing to membership organizations to bring actions on behalf of members to overturn municipal gun ordinances that are preempted by state law.

 

The original law, which was passed as part of Act 192 of 2014, was found unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this June based upon procedural grounds.

Thursday, September 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf: “It’s time, it seems to me, to reduce the severity of the crime of holding a small amount of marijuana”

Gov. Wolf: “It’s time, it seems to me, to reduce the severity of the crime of holding a small amount of marijuana”

Coming on the heels of State College recently joining Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, Gov. Tom Wolf in two different radio appearances Monday said small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized statewide.

 

“I ran on that back in 2014, calling for the decriminalization of recreational marijuana [and] the legalization of medical marijuana,” he said on an appearance on 1020 AM KDKA radio’s afternoon news program. “I have been consistent in calling for the decriminalization.”

Monday, August 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court allows judicial retirement age ballot question to be considered in November

Commonwealth Court allows judicial retirement age ballot question to be considered in November

The Commonwealth Court Wednesday sided with Respondents Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) when it held that the General Assembly used the proper legislative means of delaying ballot question on raising the judicial retirement age from the originally planned April vote to the November General Election.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation to be filed to combat 2011 state abortion law

Legislation to be filed to combat 2011 state abortion law

The Women’s Health caucus, a group of advocates bound together to protect women’s personal medical decisions, and legislators gathered in the media center Thursday morning to announce upcoming legislation that will, if passed, overturn  Act 122 of 2011 in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, June 30, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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