3 more races we’re watching this post-primary Wednesday | Wednesday Morning Coffee
From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, there was no shortage of interesting races on the ballot on Tuesday.
Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo
The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.
Pa. Democrat proposes study of four-day work week for state employees
Rep. Chris Rabb said he wanted a cost-benefit analysis of such a schedule to “enhance state government’s efficacy.”
A Philly cop killed a 12-year-old. What happened to police reform in Pa.? | Monday Morning Coffee
Between 2010 and 2020, Philadelphia paid out $136M to settle police misconduct claims, mostly for use of force incidents, according to the Washington Post .
Pa. House bill would allow state to join national popular vote compact | Friday Morning Coffee
If approved, the legislation would put the commonwealth in the company of 15 states that have agreed to the change.
‘We had to start somewhere’: Pa. officials say police misconduct database is a step toward reform
A new statewide database will let Pennsylvania police agencies check for “red flags” among prospective hires, but it’s just the beginning of efforts to weed out bad actors.
The fight over critical race theory lands in Harrisburg; House GOP bill would punish districts that teach it | Thursday Morning Coffee
Teaching our children that they are inferior or inherently bad based on immutable characteristics such as race and sex can be extremely damaging to their emotional and mental well-being,' GOP Reps. Russ Diamond and Barb Gleim say.
Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission; Pa. Rep. Rabb says he’ll reintroduce his own bill
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.
Third Pa. legislator this week tests positive for COVID-19, as Capitol rethinks pandemic-era swearing-in
State Sen. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, announced his condition in a press release Thursday morning. He added that he is currently isolating at home, experiencing “mild, cold-like symptoms.”
Pa. has a new hiring database to weed out bad cops: Will it do what it needs to do?
Police reformers won their first Harrisburg victory in decades this week, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill creating a confidential database of police personnel and discipline records.
General Assembly sends Wolf a bill adding protections against sexual assault in police custody
To include police officers, criminal justice reformers were forced to also back enhanced penalties for prison inmates who attack a prison guard.
Pa. House panel approves police reform bills, with full vote as soon as next week
All the proposals — four from Democrats, one from a Republican — passed unanimously through the GOP-controlled committee with little comment from lawmakers.