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House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes school voucher program for Harrisburg City Schools 

BY: - August 27, 2019

The plan would require the Harrisburg City Schools to award scholarships of at least $4,100 to children who wish to enroll in private or public schools.

These crime victims have lost loved ones to murder — and to prison. That’s why they want to end life without parole in Pennsylvania 

BY: - August 27, 2019

The move faces staunch opposition from the Office of the Victim Advocate, Pennsylvania’s official victim advocacy agency. 

Pa. House Democrats will talk how police officers use deadly force — without the police

BY: - August 27, 2019

Update, 11:42 a.m., August 28: Tuesday night, after the hearing, Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, tweeted that she brought a local police chief to speak at the meeting. Actually I was able to get one of the police chiefs from the district I represent to testify at the hearing. — Rep. Sara Innamorato (@RepInnamorato) August 28, […]

Pa.’s Shapiro one of 20 attorneys general suing Trump administration over proposed family detention policy

BY: - August 26, 2019

Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announced last Wednesday that the administration is moving forward with a new rule that would essentially end the Flores agreement.

Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans: Trump isn’t a ‘reliable’ partner on gun control

BY: - August 26, 2019

The Philadelphia Democrat says he hopes Congress can still get something done on gun control this fall. But the White House and Republicans need to help.

Grand jury recommends no charges against ex-state rep. accused of sexual assault but pushes Legislature for reforms

BY: - August 26, 2019

Brian Ellis, who served in the Pennsylvania House from 2002 until resigning in March of this year, was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2015.

How the Trump administration’s regulatory changes are touching everything from family planning to food stamps

BY: - August 25, 2019

Rule changes are behind some high-profile immigration news and Planned Parenthood's withdrawal from Title X.

Federal court upholds Pa. House policy that blocks non-believers from offering opening prayer

BY: - August 23, 2019

After an initial loss, Pennsylvania House leadership scored a win Friday, when its policy mandating that someone who believes in God deliver the chamber’s opening prayer was upheld in the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit was filed by the Dillsburg Area Freethinkers, a York County-based group of non-believers, after former House Speaker […]

Sentencing officials are trying — again — to build an algorithm to predict future crimes. Critics still have big concerns

BY: - August 22, 2019

It’s been nearly 10 years since Pennsylvania lawmakers ordered a state commission to develop a computer algorithm to aid judges in sentencing with the goal of reducing prison populations.

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force will hold public meetings this fall

BY: - August 21, 2019

The statewide listening tour will allow Wolf’s Suicide Prevention Task Force to gather information for a suicide prevention plan, according to a news release. 

New Trump administration rule would OK indefinite detention of migrant families in Berks facility

BY: - August 21, 2019

The rule would effectively end the Flores settlement, a landmark 1997 order that established certain standards for family detention centers and a 20-day limit for detaining children.