News Digest

News Digest :: July 23, 2019

Legislature Advocacy groups attempt to halt imminent General Assistance repeal https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/07/advocacy-groups-attempt-to-halt-imminent-general-assistance-repeal.php Lawsuit challenges termination of assistance program for poor...

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News Digest :: July 22, 2019

Legislature Could Pa. be the next state to raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21? https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/could-pa-be-the-next-state-to-raise-the-age-to-buy-tobacco-products-to-21.html Baker, others appeal ruling in fracking case...

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News Digest :: July 21, 2019

Administration Leaders statewide join Wolf to call for statewide broadband access https://www.timesleader.com/news/750373/leaders-statewide-join-wolf-to-call-for-statewide-broadband-access Legislature After years of delays, creek fix in Topton underway...

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News Digest :: July 20, 2019

Legislature Law change bars schools from arming teachers, Wolf says https://www.tribdem.com/news/law-change-bars-schools-from-arming-teachers-wolf-says/article_90835acd-1859-55d0-b81a-a947e2da85ce.html New Pa. law aiming to protect children left in hot cars now in...

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News Digest :: July 19, 2019

Legislature Santarsiero to host town hall Thursday https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190718/santarsiero-to-host-town-hall-thursday Sen. Dinniman: Halt pipeline drilling...

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News Digest :: July 18, 2019

Legislature New drilling method proposed at troubled Mariner East site; public meeting tonight https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/new-drilling-method-proposed-at-troubled-mariner-east-site-public/article_f2276d0d-1455-5cd6-9186-aab471ed36ff.html Are Mariner East...

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News Digest :: July 17, 2019

Legislature Bipartisan pair looks to take Clean Slate a step further https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/07/bipartisan-pair-looks-to-take-clean-slate-a-step-further.php Sen. Muth joins Philly DA to advocate against death penalty...

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News Digest :: July 16, 2019

Legislature Legislation would refund up to $500 in tolls through tax rebate https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190714/legislation-would-refund-up-to-500-in-tolls-through-tax-rebate After budget whiff, census advocates again pitch state funding to Senate...

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News Digest :: July 15, 2019

Legislature $1.5M PHARE funding announced for local affordable housing projects https://www.timesleader.com/news/749803/1-5m-phare-funding-announced-for-local-affordable-housing-projects Pennsylvania law protects those who rescue children from hot cars...

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News Digest :: July 14, 2019

Minimum Wage   Why 7 Pa. legislators ‘worked’ at a burrito shop Friday https://www.inquirer.com/news/raise-the-wage-act-pa-philly-roc-united-20190712.html   General Assistance   Safety net collapses for 11,000 Pennsylvanians in two weeks...

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News Digest :: July 13, 2019

  Immigration   Demonstrators Rally in Penn Square for Immigrant Rights https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lights-for-liberty-demonstrators-rally-in-penn-square-for-immigrant/article_0d14f958-a506-11e9-ab27-8773a56edf9f.html   How does Berks...

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News Digest :: July 12, 2019

Legislature Why fire chiefs wants more restrictions on Pa. fireworks https://www.witf.org/news/2019/07/why-a-bucks-county-fire-chief-and-lawmaker-wants-more-restrictions-on-pa-fireworks.php Pennsylvania’s small cities are strapped for cash. Can lawmakers help them...

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News Digest :: July 11, 2019

Legislature As General Assistance ends, worries grow about impact on low-income Pennsylvanians https://www.inquirer.com/news/general-assistance-pennsylvania-low-income-homeless-project-home-20190710.html DePasquale: Scrap Keystone exams for high school kids and...

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News Digest :: July 10, 2019

Voting Machines After Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces $90 million to upgrade voting machines, GOP pushes back https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pa-voting-machine-funding-90-million-20190709.html GOP balks at Wolf’s plan to borrow up to $90M to fund voting...

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News Digest :: July 9, 2019

New Laws Wolf signs bill to strengthen student sexual assault reporting at Pa. colleges https://www.inquirer.com/news/gov-tom-wolf-signs-sexual-assault-reporting-college-campus-20190708.html PA passes landmark assault-reporting requirements for colleges...

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News Digest :: July 8, 2019

Legislature ‘Everything inside of me broke.’ Newly elected Pa. lawmaker wants the Capitol to confront gun violence https://www.inquirer.com/news/movita-johnson-harrell-gun-violence-son-life-20190708.html Fathers’ rights? Sponsor of Pa. custody law bill stresses goal...

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News Digest :: July 7, 2019

Legislature PA GI Bill gives college benefits to National Guard families https://www.timesleader.com/news/749040/pa-gi-bill-gives-college-benefits-to-national-guard-families The Legislature’s failure to pass a minimum wage hike, while eliminating general assistance,...

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News Digest :: July 6, 2019

Legislature Does new Pa. law ban arming teachers? Depends on whom you ask. https://www.inquirer.com/news/school-security-armed-teachers-pennsylvania-legislature-20190705.html York County senators join calls for fireworks crackdown...

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News Digest :: July 4, 2019

Legislature Pa. Senate shouting match: GOP may be right on rules, but Democrats score public relations points https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2019/07/processing-the-recent-pa-senate-floor-fireworks-gop-may-be-right-on-rules-but-democrats-are-scoring-pr-points.html...

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News Digest :: July 3, 2019

Legislature It’s time for Harrisburg to deal with the sexual harassment problem | By: State Rep. Leanne Krueger and Sen. Maria Collett https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-harrisburg-state-house-sexual-harassment-me-too-20190702.html She said, he...

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News Digest :: July 2, 2019

Legislature Pennsylvania commits $4 million to fight spotted lanternfly https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/a-4-million-lance-aimed-at-lanternfly On ‘Hardball,’ Sen. Katie Muth rolls out her plan to save cash assistance | Tuesday Morning Coffee...

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News Digest :: July 1, 2019

Legislature Pa. Senate shouting match makes national news https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/pa-senate-shouting-match-makes-national-news.html Video of Corman Shouting at Lt. Gov. While Senate Colleague Spoke Gets National Attention...

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News Digest :: June 30, 2019

Budget As fiscal year dawns, let’s wait and see http://www.altoonamirror.com/opinion/editorials/2019/06/as-fiscal-year-dawns-lets-wait-and-see/   Minimum Wage At Allentown rally, calls for upping minimum wage, improving housing...

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News Digest :: June 29, 2019

Budget Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs $34 billion ‘divided government’ budget https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-budget-work-continues-20190628-oz4mpdcwrjek3jzv7squxznbhi-story.html Highlights of Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget package...

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News Digest :: June 28, 2019

Budget Pa. Senate sends $34 billion budget bill to Gov. Tom Wolf, but last-minute glitch delays signing https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/pa-senate-sends-34-billion-budget-bill-to-gov-tom-wolf-for-enactment.html Inches from finish line, House budget talks falter...

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News Digest :: June 27, 2019

Legislature Rare fight erupts on Pa. Senate floor amid debate over program for the poor https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-senate-general-assistance-fetterman-scarnati-chaos-fight-20190626.html Chaos erupts in Pennsylvania Senate over welfare bill...

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News Digest :: June 26, 2019

Legislature Senate moves to give independent voters a voice in Pa. primary elections https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/senate-moves-to-give-independent-voters-a-voice-in-pa-primary-elections.html Pa. Assembly eyes open primaries, end to straight-ticket voting...

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News Digest :: June 25, 2019

Legislature Cash assistance program for Pa.’s poorest residents appears to be on brink of elimination https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/cash-assistance-program-for-pas-poorest-residents-appears-to-be-on-brink-of-elimination.html General Assembly moves closer to...

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News Digest :: June 24, 2019

Legislature Voting rights and election reform are hot topics with Pa. lawmakers. It’s a moment three decades in the making. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/voting-rights-elections-legislation-pa-20190624.html When it comes to grading teachers in Pa.,...

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News Digest :: June 23, 2019

Budget Budget pressure, policy agendas collide ahead of deadline https://hosted.ap.org/thetimes-tribune/article/2bc748dfc24249d88dde4954a94d4211/budget-pressure-policy-agendas-collide-ahead-deadline Lawmakers prepare for final push to pass state budget...

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