Briefs

Victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law moves out of House committee

BY: - February 21, 2019

A bill aimed at protecting the rights of crime victims advanced out of state House committee 19-4 Thursday, with Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the tally. Marsy’s Law, introduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, would not create any new rights. Instead, it would amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution to enshrine existing laws that inform victims […]

As U.S. hate group activity hits a new high, the Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 36 hate groups in Pa. in 2018

BY: - February 21, 2019

Pennsylvania-based hate groups ranging from Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis to white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan all popped up on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s radar last year, providing a fuller picture of hate group activity in the Keystone State. You can view the full list of hate groups active in Pennsylvania here. You […]

Wolf to talk criminal justice reform at National Governors Association meeting in D.C. on Saturday

BY: - February 21, 2019

Pennsylvania has been hailed as a national model on criminal justice reform.

Activists were allegedly attacked, threatened during protest at Philly councilwoman’s campaign event, report

BY: - February 21, 2019

The events were captured on video by supporters of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, according to a published report.

Democratic candidate in Lackawanna Co.’s 114th House District special election hits the airwaves

BY: - February 21, 2019

Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, the Democratic hopeful for the open 114th House District outside of Scranton, released a TV ad this week, as first reported by PoliticsPA. In the spot, Kosierowski — a registered nurse — shares her aims of fighting for “good jobs at a good wage,” property tax reform, and protecting victims of sexual […]

State senators will try again to ban snow-topped cars from Pa. roads

BY: - February 20, 2019

If you’re a driver in the Keystone State, there’s a good chance you’ll wake up to a car encased in snow and ice tomorrow morning. You’d be forgiven for wanting to give the windows a hasty sweep before driving off under a snow-capped roof. But two lawmakers want to that a punishable offense. Last month, […]

Pa., California economists duel over minimum wage hike’s impact on consumers

BY: - February 20, 2019

Two economics professors from California have pushed back on the use of their research by economists opposed to raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage during a state House hearing two weeks ago. During a Feb. 6 hearing by the House Labor & Industry Committee, Susquehanna University Business School Dean Matthew Rousu cited a 2016 paper from Daniel […]

Bipartisan bill would expand access to solar energy in Pennsylvania

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill backed by a diverse collection of lawmakers — from urban Democrats to rural Central Pennsylvania Republicans — would let homeowners buy into shared solar power projects far away from home. The legislation, HB 531, would allow people living in properties unfit for solar — because of shade, direction, or size — to purchase […]

Latino, community leaders in York announce second annual Latino Health Summit

BY: - February 19, 2019

YORK, Pa. — Political and community leaders, as well as healthcare executives from across this south-central Pennsylvania city gathered Tuesday to announce their effort to address health disparities among Hispanic-Americans in Pennsylvania. The second Latino Health Summit will be held April 17-18 at the York Expo Center. It’s being co-sponsored by the advocacy and professional […]

Wolf creates workforce development command center

BY: - February 19, 2019

Surrounded by business, union, and legislative leaders, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive creating a state workforce development command center. The panel will include three members of Wolf’s cabinet and three representatives of the private sector, including state AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr. These six members […]

Suburban Philly Democrat suggests statewide paid family leave

BY: - February 19, 2019

just three states — California, Rhode Island and New Jersey — offer employees fully paid leave according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York offers family leave at half pay.

As 15 states sue Trump over border wall, Pa. AG Josh Shapiro ‘won’t hesitate to take action’ if state loses money

BY: - February 18, 2019

Attorneys general in 15 states, led by California, have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block President Donald Trump’s effort to build a wall at America’s southern border with Mexico, even though Congress had not authorized the money for it. But not, surprisingly, Pennsylvania, where Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro hasn’t been shy about picking […]