Jake Corman, Senate Majority Leader, explains the changes to the state pension plan his chamber approved, possible sources of revenue for the state, and the prospects of a finished budget bill for the governor to consider.
Charter schools are independent schools that rely on funding from state government, just like traditional public schools. Now, twenty years after their inception, Rep. Mike Reese wants to change their system of accountability, the way the schools are approved, and the way teachers are evaluated.
Police body cameras can make officers and the public accountable for their actions. Elizabeth Randol, Legislative Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, says if pending legislation is approved, the cameras would be permitted to record video inside a person’s home. Along with those expanded use parameters would come a new procedure that would make it […]
Attacks in classrooms with guns and knives have convinced Senator Don White that it’s time to give teachers a chance to defend themselves and their students. He says current language in the law that addresses teachers having guns in the classroom is vague. Senator White says he wants to clear up the way the law […]
Without “Real ID” in hand, a new standardized form of identification, Pennsylvanians in the near future may have difficulty boarding planes and visiting federal facilities. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe chairs the committee that recommended changes to a bill that would bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the federal Real ID Act. But his colleagues are concerned that […]
When the state collects revenue from legal gambling, some of it goes to developing local communities and neighborhoods. But now a court ruling says the language in the law that makes this possible must be rewritten and clarified. Perry Wood, Executive Director of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, says if lawmakers don’t act in […]
Representative Bob Godshall wants terminally ill patients to have a chance to to try experimental medical treatment. He says there are drugs and procedures that haven’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration that could extend the lives of Pennsylvanians who otherwise have little hope. He tells the story of his own controversial bone […]
Christopher Borick of Muhlenberg College examines judicial results from the primary election, the 2018 race for governor, a proposal that would allow a gubernatorial candidate to pick their own running mate, and the state budget deadline.
Ellen Ceisler is currently a judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. She has experience as an assistant district attorney, and as a television news producer that worked on an investigative series. She’s also worked for the Philadelphia police department on policies and practices intended to minimize officer misconduct.
Jennie Jenkins is a former police officer for the city of Harrisburg who, as mayor, wants to have a strong anti-crime initiative. She believes the city has to get more creative in its effort to obtain more funding for itself. She’s running in a field of five Democrats in this spring’s primary.