Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A new bill in the Pennsylvania House aims to crack down on sex crimes.
A new bill approved in the state House of Representatives aims to crack down on human trafficking and sex work. House Bill 663, which was unanimously passed 195-0 in the House, expands what the state considers "commercial sex acts" and raises the crime of buying or selling people for sex work from a third-degree to a possible first-degree felony. Under the new bill, the definition of commercial sex includes being forced to perform "any sexual activity … in which anything of value is given to or received by another person" and includes "prostitution, participation in the production of pornography, performance in strip clubs and sexual activity … regardless of the age of the victim." As the law is currently written, there are no provisions …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Pennsylvania House returns to session on Monday; here's what's on the agenda this week.
Sunday, February 10
Here's this week's schedule for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Information has been supplied by Rep. Mike Turzai, Republican Majority Leader. In light of the recent sexual abuse scandals involving students, the House passed and sent to the Senate for consideration the Child Exploitation Awareness Education Act, House Bill 19 authored by Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon County). The legislation would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop an age-appropriate child exploitation awareness curriculum to be included in the health curriculum for children in grades K-8. The curriculum would teach children to recognize sexual abuse and to identify certain behaviors in adults, such as grooming, that can lead to …
Monday, May 21, 2012
The state House returns to session on Monday, May 21, to debate and vote on various issues.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Here's this week's schedule for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The following information has been supplied by Rep. Mike Turzai, Republican Majority Leader. In Pennsylvania, retired state employees who have been called back to work temporarily via a signed contract with a definitive end date have been later collecting unemployment benefits when that contract comes to an end. These are retired individuals already collecting a pension. State law dictates that annuitants who are re-employed may not work more than 95 days in a calendar year without impacting their annuities and health care benefits. House Bill 2346 (Rep. Adam Harris, R-Snyder/Mifflin/Juniata counties) would add a new provision to Pennsylvania’s Unemployment …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Corbett signs new voter ID bill into law after lawmakers split down party lines.
Republicans call it "common sense," Democrats call it a big waste of money. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the state's new Voter ID law Wednesday night in Harrisburg shortly after it was approved by the House of Representatives. The new law requires Pennsylvania voters to present some form of photo identification at the polls. The new law will get a "test run" during the upcoming April 24 Pennsylvania primary election. For the primary election voters may be asked, but will not be required to show a photo ID. For the general election in the fall voters in Pennsylvania will be required to have a photo ID. Voters who do not have an ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot and will then have six days to produce a valid photo …