News Digest

News Digest :: January 17, 2020

Legislature Carroll: Driver cellphone use bill a step backward https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/carroll-driver-cellphone-use-bill-a-step-backward-1.2584117 Trying to stay informed? Pennsylvania schools, municipal boards don't have to tell you what they're talking...

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News Digest :: January 16, 2020

Legislature House passes ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving, but provision limits police https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/01/15/House-passes-ban-on-hand-held-cellphones-driving-pennsylvania/stories/202001150167 After years of trying, Pa....

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News Digest :: January 15, 2020

Legislature Advocates push for Alina’s Law for additional protections in domestic abuse https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/advocates-push-for-alinas-law-for-additional-protections-in-domestic-abuse/ Pa. Democrats say House speaker struck failed GOP votes from the...

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News Digest :: January 14, 2020

Legislature Shapiro, lawmakers back plan to fight Medicaid fraud https://www.tribdem.com/news/shapiro-lawmakers-back-plan-to-fight-medicaid-fraud/article_f1490514-366b-11ea-a8f2-3f84db15d8e6.html Rep. Grove leads bipartisan bill package combating $3B in Medicaid fraud...

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News Digest :: January 13, 2020

Legislature Bill that would halt Polk Center closure could advance this week https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/01/13/Intellectual-disabilities-Polk-Center-White-Haven-closure-legislation-bill-Pennsylvania/stories/202001100116 Your cheat-sheet to...

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News Digest :: January 12, 2020

Legislative issues Court to decide if cash-paying video games in bars, VFWs, pizza parlors are legal https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-cash-video-games-20200111-2hpdvlbmefeq7glab7dhpcv4ca-story.html Licensing reform: Past offenders shouldn’t be barred...

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News Digest :: January 11, 2020

Legislative Philly Democrat wants a $500 fine for sending nude photos without consent https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/philly-democrat-wants-a-500-fine-for-sending-nude-photos-without-consent/ Pa. drilling impact fee revenue could fall by $54 million...

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News Digest :: January 10, 2020

Legislature Mullins tours Mid Valley Elementary to learn more about anti-bullying program https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/mullins-tours-mid-valley-elementary-to-learn-more-about-anti-bullying-program-1.2581328 Lawmakers want pipeline opponents to be heard...

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News Digest :: January 9, 2020

Legislature City officials demand state funding for Philly schools plagued by asbestos https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/state-funding-requested-for-asbestos-infested-philly-schools Despite progress, Pa. still has work to do to clean up the Chesapeake Bay,...

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News Digest :: January 7, 2020

Legislature State won't overhaul Medicaid transportation program following study https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/01/06/Pennsylvania-Medicaid-transportation-program-study-MAPT-counties-department-human-services/stories/202001060070 2020 is year...

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News Digest :: January 6, 2020

Elections/Politics Special election to fill Pa. Senate seat pits a district attorney against a history professor https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/special-election-to-fill-pa-senate-seat-pits-a-district-attorney-against-a-history-professor.html Interest surges in...

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News Digest :: January 5, 2020

Legislature Five-year report assesses impacts under 25-year-old mining law https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/01/05/Mining-report-assesses-impacts-southwestern-Pennsylvania-longwall/stories/202001030138 Why you can still smoke at some Pennsylvania bars...

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News Digest :: January 4, 2020

Administration Wolf’s mental health campaign would bring more counselors, social workers to schools https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/01/03/Wolf-s-mental-health-campaign-would-bring-more-counselors-social-workers-to-schools/stories/202001030146 Despite...

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News Digest :: January 3, 2020

Legislature Pa.'s tax climate ranked 29th in U.S. https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/01/02/Pennsylvania-ranked-29th-among-states-US-property-tax/stories/202001020164 Reminder: Pennsylvania’s ‘Do Not Call’ list is now permanent...

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News Digest :: January 2, 2020

Legislature Pa. Supreme Court joins lower court and legislature in dismissing poor people’s needs | Opinion https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/general-assistance-pennsylvania-supreme-court-20200102.html ‘A true visionary’: Philly honors Germantown pastor’s...

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News Digest :: January 1, 2020

Legislature New laws for a new year: Sunday hunting, voting by mail, tobacco 21, a state amphibian and more https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/new-laws-for-a-new-year-sunday-hunting-voting-by-mail-tobacco-21-a-state-amphibian-and-more.html How Pennsylvanians vote,...

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News Digest :: December 31, 2019

Legislature 2019 was a big year for voting rights and election reform in Pennsylvania and New Jersey https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-new-jersey-voting-election-reform-20191231.html New overtime rule affects 61,000 in Pennsylvania...

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News Digest :: December 30, 2019

Legislature Obstacles remain for child sex abuse victims in Pennsylvania https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/obstacles-remain-for-child-sex-abuse-victims-in-pennsylvania-1.2577231 Leaving a trace: Shapiro is smart to get out ahead of ‘ghost guns’...

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News Digest :: December 29, 2019

Legislature Editorail: Time to deliver promised relief https://www.standardspeaker.com/opinion/time-to-deliver-promised-relief-1.2576868 Administration Wolf reviews 2019: Progress on voting, criminal justice, education, more...

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News Digest :: December 28, 2019

Legislature She was shot by a stranger in Chester County. She thinks a red flag law might have prevented it. https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/12/she-was-shot-by-a-stranger-in-chester-county-she-thinks-a-red-flag-law-might-have-prevented-it.html Pennsylvania wants to...

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News Digest :: December 27, 2019

Legislature Pa. Rep. Mark Keller announces he will not seek re-election to an eighth term https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/12/pa-rep-mark-keller-announces-he-will-not-seek-re-election-to-an-eighth-term.html Administration Pa. Board of Pardons missed a chance to show...

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News Digest :: December 24, 2019

Legislature Santarsiero named to Bucks govt. transition team; team makes first selections https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191223/santarsiero-named-to-bucks-govt-transition-team-team-makes-first-selections End backlog for state park conservation...

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News Digest :: December 23, 2019

Legislature PennDOT awards more than $1 million to improve railroad tracks to Braddock’s Edgar Thomson Plant https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/penndot-awards-more-than-1-million-to-improve-allegheny-westmoreland-railway-tracks/ Under the Radar: Lawmakers...

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News Digest :: December 22, 2019

Legislature Open process https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/open-process-1.2574128 What is private equity and why are Pa. lawmakers concerned about the tens of millions of dollars of your money tied up in it?...

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News Digest :: December 21, 2019

Legislature How inaction in Harrisburg stalled a Philadelphia gun-control law until 2020 https://www.penncapital-star.com/paforward/how-inaction-in-harrisburg-stalled-a-philadelphia-gun-control-law-until-2020/ Pennsylvania’s state parks have more visitors and less...

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News Digest :: December 20, 2019

Legislature Pa. push for higher minimum wage getting maximum attention, little movement https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/12/pa-push-for-higher-minimum-wage-getting-maximum-attention-little-movement.html House approves bill to keep violent offenders from early...

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News Digest :: December 18, 2019

Legislature After years of negotiation, cost-savings criminal justice bills head for final approval https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/after-years-of-negotiation-cost-savings-criminal-justice-bills-head-for-final-approval/ Committee approves bill for...

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News Digest :: December 17, 2019

Legislature Policymakers order review of Pennsylvania juvenile justice https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/12/16/Policymakers-order-review-of-Pennsylvania-juvenile-justice/stories/201912160107 Gov. Tom Wolf announces effort to overhaul juvenile justice in...

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