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‘These victims want their day in court’: In surprise move, state Senate poised to vote this week on statute of limitations reform.

BY: - November 18, 2019

The bills resemble legislation that died in the Senate in October 2018, when Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, declined to bring them to the floor for a vote -- a move that outraged victims and their advocates.

Senate Committee throws support behind Wolf’s Secretary of State nominee

BY: - November 18, 2019

The nomination of Kathy Boockvar, who's served as acting Secretary of State since January, now goes to the full Senate without a recommendation on her confirmation.

ACLU court settlement means Pa. will end solitary confinement on death row

BY: - November 18, 2019

A Corrections Department spokeswoman said the agreement announced Monday "formally memorializes" reforms that it has has been making over the last several years.

Pa. Senate panel advances Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - November 18, 2019

Democrats are looking to use these culture war votes against the GOP in vulnerable seats in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2020.

Pa. House panel advances bill authorizing vouchers for Harrisburg schools

BY: - November 18, 2019

The bill forbids schools from adding any conditions to the vouchers, such as mandating that private schools accept special needs students.

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The Legislature is back. Here’s three things to watch for this week | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 18, 2019

Buckle up, folks. This could be the last voting session of calendar 2019. And there's plenty of potential for mischief under the dome.

COMMENTARY

Why are Republicans still obsessed with the whistleblower? | Dick Polman

BY: - November 18, 2019

Why are Trump and his authoritarian enablers so obsessed with outing the whistleblower, who is protected by a web of federal laws that safeguard the identities of patriotic dissenters?

Philly City Council passes right to counsel bill for low-income tenants

BY: - November 18, 2019

A report last year found a $3.5 million investment to provide legal counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction could save the city an estimated $45 million annually.

COMMENTARY

We’re psychologists: This Pa. House bill mandating the burial of fetal remains is emotionally damaging to women | Opinion

BY: - November 17, 2019

This poorly-worded and ambiguous piece of legislation is emotionally harmful to the women of Pennsylvania and it deserves to be defeated.

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Tuition vouchers will do more harm to Harrisburg’s recovering schools than good | Opinion

BY: - November 17, 2019

It couldn’t come at a worst time — just as the recovery process is starting to work in Harrisburg.

With safe injection sites, ‘Somebody has to go first.’ It could be Philadelphia

BY: - November 17, 2019

Without Prevention Point and naloxone, Philadelphia health commissioner Thomas Farley estimates, the city’s already staggering overdose death toll — more than 1,100 last year in a city of 1.6 million — would be much higher.

Philly Mayor Kenney calls on library to eliminate fines for overdue materials

BY: - November 17, 2019

Major cities like Chicago, San Francisco and Salt Lake City have rolled out fine-free policies, and have seen a significant number of overdue books returned during the process.