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Governor Tom Wolf signed three bills into law on Wednesday, December 18, that are the second wave of changes under the "Justice Reinvestment Initiative," began in 2012.

A new "Smart Justice" set of bills is set to be voted on next week, consisting of ten proposals that are meant to reform the state's probation and parole system and reward formerly incarcerated individuals who have successfully been rehabilitated. The goal is to reduce recidivism, which ofte…

Governor Tom Wolf recently signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after the investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. He was joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, bill sponsors Reps. Mark Rozzi, Todd Stephens, and Jim Gregory; legislators, advocate…

The wide array of programs and support services offered by the state’s 66 county conservation districts, which are defined as, "local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at a local level," were the subject of an informational meet…

Last week, Pennsylvania state legislature voted to pass the proposed "Hidden Predator Act," a set of two bills (House Bill 962 and 963) that were recommended after the Grand Jury investigation of clergy sexual assaults throughout Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf has indicated that he will sig…

A new bill that is set to be signed into law will make the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products 21 instead of 18. The Pennsylvania state senate voted on Bill 473 on November 21, approving the new legislation. The new age restriction will make it a summary offense for anyone under 21 t…

Last week, legislation which would allow our dedicated county corrections officers to bring their legally owned personal firearms to work and store them securely in their vehicles (House Bill 1781), was approved 18-6 in the House Judiciary Committee.

The Pennsylvania Senate approved Bill 146 this week, which makes firefighter training more accessible and affordable through the use of online courses. Training requirements are often cited as a barrier to recruitment and retention for fire departments, particularly for volunteers, because t…

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State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-83), along with state Rep. Garth Everett’s Office, recognized several active duty and retired military veterans Friday afternoon who currently work for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) in Williamsport. 

Stanford University has released a 2019 report on Pennsylvania's charter schools and the results were overwhelmingly negative: 11 out of 15 Pennsylvania cyber schools were featured on a list of low-performing schools. With Pennsylvania's current charter school laws being some of the most out…

In April of 2018, the Department of State informed Pennsylvania counties they had until the end of 2019 to select new voting systems that provide a paper record. So far at least 53 counties, or 79%, have taken official action toward selecting a new voting system, and 45 counties, or 67%, use…

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Harrisburg, Pa. – Last week the state Senate approved legislation to help student athletes and their parents take steps to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

Joined by legislators, advocates, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at a Women's Reproductive Rights Rally, Governor Tom Wolf vowed to veto the "Heartbeat Bill" and any other legislation that restricts women's reproductive rights, citing a belief that the policy is "backwards, misguided, sha…