Pennsylvania House passes package of bills that would strengthen and expand the state’s anti-hate crime laws
A package of bills that would strengthen and expand Pennsylvania's anti-hate crime statutes passed the state House on Tuesday.
Q&A: Pa. House Health Committee Chairperson Dan Frankel
The Allegheny County Democrat spoke ahead of the Greater Pittsburgh Healthcare Summit.
Pa. House Judiciary Committee passes package to expand definition of Ethnic Intimidation
The bill expands protections to the state’s LGBTQ+ and disabled residents for the first time ever.
Pa. lawmaker to reintroduce teledentistry bill
In a memo seeking legislative support for the bill, Frankel said that by connecting virtually, dental professionals can examine patients, monitor treatment, prescribe antibiotics, and determine if in-person care is necessary.
As Pgh synagogue shooter trial begins, there’s new hope for changes to Pa.’s gun, hate crimes laws
'We feel more momentum now for life-saving gun violence prevention policy change than we've felt in years,' Josh Fleitman, of CeaseFirePa, said
Pa. House Democrats mount new push to pass LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination bill
'Every single Pennsylvanian deserves to live with dignity and respect,' the bill's sponsors said in a statement.
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Pa. lawmakers extend grant program protecting synagogues, houses of worship
With antisemitic attacks on the rise, Gov. Tom Wolf is reviewing the bill, a spokesperson said.
A bill regulating herbal stimulant kratom looked different after a Pa. House panel got done with it
Among other changes, the House Health Committee amended it to lower the purchasing age from 21 to 18 years old.
Lawmakers, Jewish leaders announce $4.5M in security grants; call for permanent funding
Lawmakers from the House and Senate joined Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh on Thursday, as the nation and world observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to announce a new round of state funding for a program intended to keep marginalized and vulnerable communities safe from harm. “You all stepped up. You realized that our community, and all […]
‘Shameful’ and ‘dangerous’: Pa.’s LGBTQ+ Caucus calls for swift action on anti-discrimination bill following Chambersburg vote
Calling the decision ”shameful” and “dangerous,” state LGBTQ+ Caucus leaders, which include, state Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, expressed concern over the repercussions of revoking the ordinance, writing in a Tuesday statement that its repeal leaves “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians in an extremely vulnerable position.”
Western Pa. lawmakers introduce adult-use cannabis bill
The bill includes a “Cannabis Clean Slate” proposal that would expunge the records of non-violent drug offenders and release incarcerated non-violent drug offenders.