VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

On Wednesday afternoon a group of legislators, nurses and others joined to support safe staffing levels for nurses in hospitals. 

New legislation House Bill 867 and Senate Bill 450 were introduced by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and  Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) that would call attention to the patient care crisis that is occurring due to hospitals being short staffed. 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) joined along with other legislators to speak out on the importance of the measures. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session

VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was vocal during last year's session about legislation he co-sponsored that would ban abortion that is due solely on the fact that a baby has Down syndrome. 

With this Thursday being World Down Syndrome Day, a handful of legislators, advocates and families affected by Down syndrome joined to support the Down Syndrome Protection Act. This session, Turzai, Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) are bringing this act back up with more supporters and they believe it will pass through both chambers smoothly. Last session the legislation passed through the House with a 139-56 vote but it stalled when it got to the Senate. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

Multiple legislators and advocates attended press conferences around the Capitol Tuesday morning where pipelines were seen in two differnt lights. 

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) led one press conference that focused on the benefits of pipelines, while across the Capitol, Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) hosted a group who were fighting for safe pipeline legislation and talked about the negative impacts some counties are seeing due to certain pipelines. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Rep. Matzie hopes to ensure every county uses paper ballots for elections

Rep. Matzie hopes to ensure every county uses paper ballots for elections

Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Beaver) spoke with The PLS Reporter about his bill to require every county to use paper ballots for elections. 

House Bill 765 isn't a new idea for Rep. Matzie, who introduced similar legislation during last session. But he stated he has more support this session and he hopes the bill will be seen more shortly. 

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Capitol Crowd: Mike Straub, Press Secretary for House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler & Spokesperson for Republican Caucus

Capitol Crowd: Mike Straub, Press Secretary for House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler & Spokesperson for Republican Caucus

Meet Mike Staub, press secretary for House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler and spokesperson for Republican Caucus.

Staub made the transition from working in TV news to working everyday in the Pennsylvania Capitol. Find out more about his job, how his transition was and what he likes to do when he is not working. 

Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Capitol Crowd
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