Court Weighs Challenge to NRA-Friendly Gun Law

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Judges in Pittsburgh on Wednesday heard a challenge to a new state law that lets third-party groups like the NRA sue cities if their gun ordinances are more restrictive than state law.

The law’s challengers, including Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, contend that it was passed improperly: The state constitution requires legislative bills to be about a single subject; the gun bill was passed, though, by inserting its language in a bill originally concerning scrap metal theft. Read more »

Pa. Senate Tries to Stop Philly Sick Leave Law

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a bill to pre-empt and undo Philly’s new law requiring most employers provide paid sick leave to their employees.

KYW Radio:

The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would overturn Philadelphia’s new law, set to take effect next month, that would require business owners with at least ten employees to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

Philadelphia Democrat Vincent Hughes led the unsuccessful effort to derail the Senate bill.

“It denies the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the opportunity to govern themselves, even though they went through a very deliberative process.”

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Should Philly Bars Stay Open Till 4 a.m.?

Is the way to the hearts of Philadelphia millennials through their alcohol-soaked livers?

Rep. Jordan Harris thinks so — the Philly Democrat this week said he would introduce a bill that would let Pennsylvania bars apply to stay open until 4 a.m., an extra two hours beyond the current mandated close of business. He’s pitching the proposal as a bit of economic development aimed at keeping young millennials happy and in Philadelphia after they graduate.

“Philadelphia especially has lagged behind other major cities within a short radius as far as nightlife is concerned,” Harris said in a statement announcing his proposal, “and this bill would put our city on par with some of the largest cities in the country as far as having a healthy, vibrant nightlife.” Read more »

Kathleen Kane Crosses a Final Line

Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the State Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the State Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia.

That’s it. Kathleen Kane is over, or should be at any rate.

Not officially, of course. We don’t know yet if Montgomery County D.A. Risa Vetri Ferman will accept a grand jury’s recommendations and bring charges against her for leaking grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News. There’s always a chance Ferman decides the scandal is overblown, do us all a favor, and walk away without putting us through the spectacle of the state’s chief law enforcement officer being put on trial.

Politically, though, she’s done. And she should be. Her missteps are too numerous, too embarrassing, too hackish to amount to much more than political malpractice.  Read more »

Bill Would Urge Pa. Pro Sports Teams to Adopt “Zero-Tolerance” Domestic Violence Policy

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

A state lawmaker from Clinton County is calling on Pennsylvania’s professional sports teams to take a tougher stance against domestic abuse.

Democratic state Rep. Michael Hanna said he is planning to introduce a resolution in upcoming weeks to officially urge the state’s teams to institute a “zero-tolerance” domestic violence policy. Read more »

Bad News for Pa. Anti-Vaxxers: Bill Would Eliminate “Philosophical” Exemptions

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Pennsylvania legislators are considering a bill to toughen the state’s immunization requirements by removing one of the pathways to opting out.

There are three such pathways now: A medical exemption, a religious exemption, and a philosophical exemption. HB 883 — introduced this week by Rep. Becky Corbin, a Chester County Republican — would eliminate the philosophical exemption, and raise the paperwork barriers to gaining a religious exemption, requiring affidavits signed by a healthcare provider.  Read more »

Pa. Bill Would Recognize May 7th as “National Day of Prayer”

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A new bill in the state House would recognize May 7th as the “National Day of Prayer” in Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, a Berks County Democrat, introduced the measure.

“This annual event was not created for political reasons,” he said in a memorandum to lawmakers, “but exists to encourage all citizens to pray for our leaders, communities, families, and each other, and for national healing, reconciliation and unity.”

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