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Pa. House panel approves police reform bills, with full vote as soon as next week

BY: - June 15, 2020

All the proposals — four from Democrats, one from a Republican — passed unanimously through the GOP-controlled committee with little comment from lawmakers. 

Here’s everything we know about police reform in Harrisburg and what may happen next

BY: - June 9, 2020

A protest by Democrats that brought the state House to a standstill over a long-stalled package of police reform bills bore fruit Tuesday.

Black Dems take over Pa. House floor; Turzai calls for special session on police reform

BY: and - June 8, 2020

"They have expressed their anger. Their frustration. Certainly the issues they raise are legitimate," said House Speaker Mike Turzai said.

Watch Black House Dems call for police reform – LIVE

BY: - June 8, 2020

Black Democrats in the Pennsylvania House have seized the rostrum to call for legislative action on a package of stalled police reform bills:

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Philly lawmaker wants Pa. to pay reparations to the wrongly convicted | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 3, 2020

The bill is a "is a critical step toward restoring the lives of the wrongfully convicted as best we can," sponsor says.

While the state farm bill is a start, Pennsylvania’s agriculture leaders see further reforms

BY: - January 8, 2020

At a House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard more potential small fixes to aid farmers, big issues that needed some action, and hope that the PA Farm Bill was taking root.

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Pa. out front: How the argument over reparations is moving into state capitols | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 4, 2019

Four hundred years after America's 'Original Sin,' is a solution in sight? Some experts are skeptical. But the debate has moved to capitols.

House Judiciary chairman says he won’t consider red flag proposal as panel advances mandatory minimums

BY: - September 24, 2019

The votes by the House Judiciary Committee marked the first legislative action on firearms after a summer dominated by mass shootings, including two in one August weekend that left 29 people dead. 

Electric vehicle drivers in Pa. would pay $250/year fee under advancing state House bill

BY: - September 19, 2019

The state House has advanced legislation requiring electric vehicle drivers to pony up for the wear and tear they inflict on Pennsylvania’s roads and highways. The majority-Republican chamber voted 94-90 to approve an amendment hitting drivers of hybrids or fully electric vehicles with a $250 annual fee. Originally, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Caroll, […]

This Philly lawmaker wants Pennsylvania to offer reparations to its black residents

BY: - September 3, 2019

One Pennsylvania lawmaker is making his own case for reparations  — not just for slavery, but for 400 years of institutional racism.  Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, released a memo last week asking for his colleagues’ support for a bill providing tax credits or other benefits to African Americans as well as “targeted geographic communities.” Citing […]

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

BY: - July 9, 2019

In the rush of last month’s budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases when the district attorney chooses to not press charges. The provision was first reported Monday evening by both the Intercept, an […]

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Philly Rep. Chris Rabb is readying a slavery reparations bill | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 20, 2019

'To talk about freedom without talking about justice is an incomplete conversation,' he said.