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News Digest :: February 26, 2020

Legislature PennDOT faces big costs and dwindling resources https://www.witf.org/2020/02/25/penndot-faces-big-costs-and-dwindling-resources/ Local lawmakers turn to experts to find solution to opioid crisis...

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News Digest :: February 25, 2020

Legislature Disability/mental health summit aims to provide information and resources https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/02/24/American-with-Disabilities-Act-summit-aims-mental-health-Dan-Miller-resources/stories/202002190133 Harrisburg edges...

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News Digest :: February 23, 2020

Legislature Editorial: We need better defense against ice missiles https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-we-need-better-defense-against-ice-missiles/article_07eff7e6-531d-11ea-b200-97a0c49063fa.html State bill would expand workers’ compensation for...

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News Digest :: February 22, 2020

Legislature Despite presence of asbestos, DEP alleges unauthorized activity at Rockhill Quarry https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-east-rockhill-quarry-20200221-6i57rfiqxnfzfg3cfyqqt2ehb4-story.html Proposal expands workers’ compensation for volunteer...

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News Digest :: February 21, 2020

Legislature Pashinski hosts hearing at LCCC on community college affordability https://www.timesleader.com/news/773669/pashinski-hosts-hearing-at-lccc-on-community-college-affordability Program would help students pay for community college...

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News Digest :: February 20, 2020

Legislature City school board may endorse bills on charter reform https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/02/19/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-board-charter-reform-bills-may-be-endorsed/stories/202002200099 ‘Shame on us’ Labor & Industry secretary says of...

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News Digest :: February 19, 2020

Legislature Pa. Lottery blames growth of skill games, lack of big jackpots for drop in profits https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/pa-lottery-blames-growth-of-skill-games-lack-of-big-jackpots-for-drop-in-profits.html Lawmakers question Wolf’s corporate tax...

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News Digest :: February 18, 2020

Legislature Some hoped letting groceries, mini-marts sell wine would kill Pa.'s state stores. It hasn’t https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/some-hoped-letting-groceries-mini-marts-sell-wine-would-kill-pas-state-stores-but-4-years-later-theyre-still-here.html 3...

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News Digest :: February 17, 2020

Legislature Move up ’24 presidential primaries https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/move-up-24-presidential-primaries-1.2595954 Crime/Punishment In Bucks County, a new program is sending first-time drug offenders to treatment instead of to a courtroom...

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News Digest :: February 16, 2020

Legislature Western leadership numbers dropping in Pa. Legislature https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/02/16/Western-leadership-numbers-dropping-in-Pa-Legislature-Mike-Turzai-Joe-Scarnati/stories/202002140144 Turzai, Scarnati step down on top facing...

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News Digest :: February 15, 2020

Legislature Blake tackles hot topics at legislative breakfast https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/blake-tackles-hot-topics-at-legislative-breakfast-1.2595349 Local officials rally for 'common-sense' gun reform...

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News Digest :: February 14, 2020

Legislature Advocates want Gov. Tom Wolf to declare Philadelphia schools a ‘disaster’ area because of asbestos https://www.inquirer.com/news/asbestos-philadelphia-schools-state-of-emergency-disaster-20200213.html Power shift in Senate could reignite push to help adult...

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News Digest :: February 13, 2020

Legislature Lawmakers get mixed message at opioids update https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/lawmakers-get-mixed-message-at-opioids-update/article_fb3499cc-4dda-11ea-8894-5fad49ae4289.html Pa.’s black legislative caucus demands investigation of Allegheny County...

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News Digest :: February 12, 2020

Legislature Pa. House lawmaker wants to end ‘honor system’ that allows agencies to hide contracts https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-contracts-transparency-portal-20200211.html Bill creating 1st time homebuyers savings accounts approved by...

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News Digest :: February 11, 2020

Legislature Philly lawmakers to target stop-and-gos with new regulations https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/state-reps-to-target-stop-and-gos-with-new-regulations/ Health systems endorse Bartolotta’s nurse practitioner bill...

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News Digest :: February 10, 2020

Legislature PFAS health impacts topic of discussion Tuesday at DelVal https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200210/pfas-health-impacts-topic-of-discussion-tuesday-at-delval LGBT protections sought in Pennsylvania...

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News Digest :: February 9, 2020

Budget/Taxes Disruption in the name of order: Blake's renewed push for 'tax fairness' https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/disruption-in-the-name-of-order-blake-s-renewed-push-for-tax-fairness-1.2592592 Editorial: Governor offers familiar ideas in new budget...

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News Digest :: February 8, 2020

Sen. Dinniman Chesco Sen. Andy Dinniman to retire, won't seek re-election https://www.delcotimes.com/news/chesco-sen-andy-dinniman-to-retire-won-t-seek-re/article_130c46a0-e7e0-5d50-ac6b-27f54c70fe2f.html Law and Justice Wolf renews call for state police fee;...

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News Digest :: February 7, 2020

Legislature Pennsylvania school property tax reform was on the horizon last year. Here’s why it’s languishing in Harrisburg https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-school-tax-reform-20200206-h2nb4ja6abhdxjd6hudzbyrl4m-story.html Are dog license...

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News Digest :: February 6, 2020

Legislature Amid objections, Senate GOP bottles up Bucks lawmaker’s resolution honoring Pa.’s LGBTQ youth https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/amid-objections-senate-gop-bottles-up-bucks-lawmakers-resolution-honoring-pa-s-lgbtq-youth/ Senate...

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News Digest :: February 5, 2020

Budget Wolf budget focuses on education https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-budget-focuses-on-education-1.2591382 Wolf's budget proposal seeks increased public school funding, charter school law reform...

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News Digest :: February 4, 2020

Legislature ‘A form of torture’: Lawmakers, advocates seek to reduce use of solitary confinement https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/a-form-of-torture-lawmakers-advocates-seek-to-reduce-use-of-solitary-confinement/ Pa. law lacks protections for LGBTQ individuals and...

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News Digest :: February 3, 2020

Budget Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s sixth budget: What can we expect? https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/pa-gov-tom-wolfs-sixth-budget-what-can-we-expect.html Here's what to watch for in Gov. Tom Wolf's state budget proposal...

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News Digest :: February 2, 2020

Legislature Redistricting advocates warn legislators time is running out for change https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/02/01/Redistricting-advocates-legislature-pennsylvania-thornburgh-pitt/stories/202001310141 Sweeping changes to Pennsylvania...

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News Digest :: February 1, 2020

Legislature Lawmakers hope to shield communities impacted by state facility closures https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lawmakers-hope-to-shield-communities-impacted-by-state-facility-closures-1.2589962 American Legion offers monthly assistance to veterans in...

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News Digest :: January 31, 2020

Legislature Pa. medical leave bill sees industry, advocacy support https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200130/pa-medical-leave-bill-sees-industry-advocacy-support Charter school funding: Time for lawmakers to fix flawed system...

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News Digest :: January 30, 2020

Legislature Gov. Wolf calls for $1 billion to tackle lead and asbestos in schools across Pennsylvania https://www.inquirer.com/news/gov-tom-wolf-asbestos-lead-schools-1-billion-20200129.html Scranton temporarily closes three schools; governor offers plan to help with...

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News Digest :: January 29, 2020

Legislature 'It is time’: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf renews call for moving to a $15 an hour minimum wage https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/it-is-time-pa-gov-tom-wolf-renews-call-for-moving-to-a-15-an-hour-minimum-wage.html This plan for universal paid family leave in Pa....

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News Digest :: January 27, 2020

Legislature MontCo lawmaker’s mandatory minimum bill is unlikely to reduce gun violence, opponents say https://www.penncapital-star.com/paforward/montco-lawmakers-mandatory-minimum-bill-is-unlikely-to-reduce-gun-violence-opponents-say/ Turzai to exit; cue reforms...

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