State Victim Advocate champions Marsy's Law at Press Club Luncheon

State Victim Advocate champions Marsy's Law at Press Club Luncheon

Pennsylvania’s victim advocate, Jen Storm, was the featured guest at this month’s Press Club Luncheon. During her formal remarks Storm advocated for Marsy’s Law, SB 1011, that would enshrine statutory victim’s rights in the Pennsylvania Constitution. 
Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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Sen. Scavello discusses property tax elimination bill

Sen. Scavello discusses property tax elimination bill

On Monday afternoon Sen. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) announced legislation, Senate Bill 1137, that would provide for the elimination of school property taxes on all owner-occupied homes in the state.

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for bills increasing gun control in the state Monday as elected officials weigh bills how best to reduce gun deaths.

A major target of Wolf’s encouragement was SB 501, the first major gun policy bill since the Parkland School shooting — which has brought the gun debate to blistering new levels — to pass a chamber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

A recently released Independent Fiscal Office review of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018 budget analyzed three marquee proposals found within — a cut in the state’s corporate net income tax, a natural gas severance tax and raising the minimum wage to $12.00.

Taken together, the IFO predicted an average annual gain of $418 million each year in state revenue, which peaks in the early 2020s before falling down by 2023.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pennsylvania Judges and medical professionals tell House members more treatment will lead to less DUIs

Pennsylvania Judges and medical professionals tell House members more treatment will lead to less DUIs

The consensus among testifiers was for a greater focus on treatment and rehabilitation over incarceration during a joint House committee public hearing in Philadelphia Friday.

Both the Judiciary and Transportation committees allowed two judges, an addiction psychiatrist, a clerk of courts and police lieutenant to share the effects of current driving under the influence (DUI) laws and its related programs effects on repeat offenders.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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