‘Long time coming’: Pa. Senate passes probation reform bill | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 28, 2023

The bipartisan bill now heads to the state House.

He got caught up in the probation system. Why a new fix could help | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 23, 2023

A long-sought probation reform bill cleared a Senate committee on Thursday.

Pa. nurse practitioners lobby to remove ‘archaic’ collaboration requirement

BY: - May 3, 2023

PCNP President-elect Amanda Laskoskie said full practice authority changes nothing nurse practitioners already do — such as diagnosing illness, ordering tests and medications, and making referrals.

Pa. Senate committee approves bill providing identification kits to families 

BY: - May 2, 2023

Parents and guardians would be responsible for storing the collected information, which does not enter a national or state database.

Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. lawmakers reintroduce proposal to give parents child identification kits

BY: - February 2, 2023

Parents and guardians would be responsible for storing the collected information, which does not enter a national or state database.

Bipartisan Senate bill would change how Pa. charges children as adults | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 24, 2023

A judge would have to sign off before a juvenile case is moved to to adult court.

Pa. lawmakers unveil bipartisan plans for juvenile justice system reform, standardize practices

BY: - March 14, 2022

The Juvenile Justice Policy Act, announced Monday in a memo from Sens. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia, aims to limit detention guidelines and standardize placement practices with recommendations from the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force.

Bipartisan bill aims to allow Pa. lifers a chance at parole

BY: - November 15, 2021

'We are stronger communities with our elders and grandparents home,' an advocate argued.

Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

Some Pa. counties aren’t waiting on Harrisburg to reform their probation rules | Opinion

BY: - May 21, 2021

As it turns out, the state Legislature has another chance to do the right thing and reform probation in 2021.


For health’s sake: Tell your lawmakers to let Pa.’s nurse practitioners do their jobs | Opinion

BY: - May 19, 2021

We implore our public officials and policymakers: LET NURSES DO THEIR JOBS!

‘It’s about damn time’: Momentum to pass LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill is growing

BY: - February 3, 2020

Legislation protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination has met roadblocks in Pennsylvania since 1976 — the first year such a bill was introduced in the state’s General Assembly.  After more than 50 years of false starts, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, says “it’s about damn time” for that to change. “Leaving behind talented individuals because of [their] […]

Fourth time a charm? Nurse practitioners rally for bill they say will expand health care access

BY: - April 9, 2019

The state Senate has approved scope of practice expansions three times. Each time the bills have died in the state House.