Cost, clemency zeroed in on in state capital punishment report

Cost, clemency zeroed in on in state capital punishment report

A long awaited report from the Joint State Government Commission released late last month has opened a fresh round of contention over the use of capital punishment in the commonwealth.

Commissioned seven years ago by a Senate resolution, the report took no stance on formally banning capital punishment — on which Gov. Tom Wolf already ordered a moratorium in his first year in office.

Thursday, July 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Advocates accelerated their calls for a special session to address redistricting Monday after a seemingly fruitless week of negotiations, even if its viability seems weak.

In an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, Fair Districts PA Executive Director Carol Kuniholm called on him to convene a special session on redistricting.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform, after months of negotiations, maneuvering, postcards and lobbying, is nearly out of time as it stalls out in the House.

The hold-up clashes with part of the justification for the judicial language in the first place. But a Senate official pointed to House votes to justify why the change was needed for reform to pass at all.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

It was a motley crew of lawmakers that gathered two years ago to first bring up the idea of a bill to give people who have committed misdemeanors or lesser crimes a fresh start after paying their dues to society.

“Two Republicans from Central Pennsylvania, two Democrats from Philadelphia — what could we possibly have in common,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), one of those members, asked. “But we made it work.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wolf increases minimum wage for state empoyees

Wolf increases minimum wage for state empoyees

The lowest paid state worker is about to get a $1.80 an hour raise by Sunday.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order Thursday to increase the minimum wage for state employees to $12 an hour by July 1. From there, the wage will increase yearly by 50 cents until 2024 before leveling off at $15 an hour.

Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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