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Wolf’s budget earmarks $5M in aid to communities hit by prison, residential center shutdowns

BY: - February 11, 2020

The centers employ hundreds of Pennsylvanians, often in rural areas. But they're expensive. Which means they're the first on the chopping block.

The big things we learned from the Pa. Senate’s marathon gun safety hearings

BY: - September 26, 2019

No. 1: A key Republican hasn't closed the door on a red flag proposal.

Guns will be on the agenda during Sept. 24, 25 state Senate hearings

BY: - August 14, 2019

Sen. Lisa Baker, who took charge of the Senate panel in late 2018, announced her intent to hold hearings on gun control last week, after gunmen in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 31 people in mass shootings.

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‘Symbolic steps on guns don’t save lives’: Top Senate Republican says she’ll hold hearings on gun safety measures

BY: - August 7, 2019

(*This post has been updated) Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A key legislative voice on gun-control is speaking out this Wednesday morning, and it voice belongs to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, whose word not only matters because her panel has a big say on any new gun legislation, it also matters because […]

Wolf announces reforms to state regulation of child, adult care facilities

BY: - July 31, 2019

With an eye on improving conditions for vulnerable Pennsylvanians — everyone from children to the disabled and the elderly — Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Wednesday to reform internal policies while seeking suggestions for further action by fall. Citing the “Kids for Cash” scandal — where two judges took millions in kickbacks from […]

At request of counties, lawmakers delay privatization of Medicaid rides to doctor’s visits

BY: - July 23, 2019

A last-minute provision added to the budget passed in 2018 mandated that the program, known as Medical Assistance Transportation, be contracted to a private company.

Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

‘It’s extremely important’: Senate schedules marathon hearing on probation and parole reform

BY: - June 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that puts no limit on how long someone can serve probation.

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

BY: and - April 14, 2019

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

Senate security employee escorted out of Capitol as harassment suit works through court: report

BY: - March 14, 2019

*This story was updated on Wednesday afternoon to include comments from senate secretary Megan Martin. More than a year after she accused her then-supervisor for sexual harassment, a top official with the state Senate security force isn’t sure if she still has her job or not, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. Two sources told the […]

Most of Pa.’s sick and elderly inmates die in prison. Medical parole could change that

BY: - March 8, 2019

Pennsylvania’s prison population grows older by the day, but only a handful of people are released from state corrections facilities each year due to failing health. That’s according to state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, who told senators last week that Pennsylvania’s program to release elderly inmates from prison is underused and ineffective. Now, state lawmakers […]

Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?

BY: and - February 6, 2019

There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.