A landmark criminal justice bill helped 1 million people get jobs and housing last year. But advocates say there’s more to be done.
Clean Slate took effect last June, one year after it passed with broad bipartisan support in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.
‘My absolute advice is just to run,’ central Pa. state House hopeful Tara Shakespeare says | 2020 Women Speak Up
Each week, look for a short Q&A with these women and learn a bit more about them and why they are running for office. This week we talk to Tara Shakespeare, a Democrat running for the state’s 88th House District in Cumberland County. The seat is currently held by Republican incumbent Sheryl Delozier. Shakespeare is the only challenger Delozier faces for the seat.
Finding new money for higher ed is hard, but without a bump, there could be ‘hell to pay’
The confrontation came during back-to-back budget hearings Tuesday for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as well as the four partially-public universities, including Penn State University.
Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes? In new plan, House GOP says ‘Yes.’
Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads. Rep. Martina White, the Philadelphia Republican who’s running point on the effort, said the GOP plan is to end diversions of state […]
Under Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate law, 30 million criminal records are now eligible for automatic sealing
Supporters say the law will unlock the potential of thousands of Pennsylvanians who face housing and employment discrimination due to their criminal records.
State rep. responds to online outrage over bill that allows underage, uncompensated musicians to play in bars
The measure's sponsor says payment is a completely separate issue, and the complaints are driven by people who haven't read the bill.
How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims
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.
‘We will fight back:’ Crime victims rally for Marsy’s Law approval in Pennsylvania
Marsy's Law, part of a national initiative named for a woman murdered in California in 1983, has already passed in 11 states.
We can protect victims and reform criminal justice at the same time. This is how | Opinion
Pennsylvania is currently one of only nine states that does not incorporate victims’ rights into its constitution. Voters can change that.
Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation
A bipartisan coalition of activists and lawmakers gathered Tuesday to make the case.
Victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law moves out of House committee
A bill aimed at protecting the rights of crime victims advanced out of state House committee 19-4 Thursday, with Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the tally. Marsy’s Law, introduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, would not create any new rights. Instead, it would amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution to enshrine existing laws that inform victims […]
Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.
The new House Democratic whip is savvy enough to forge allies in unlikely places.