State Reps. aim to create a statewide system to ’empower victims of rape and sexual assault’ | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 24, 2020

Good Monday Morning, all Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John today. I trust you all are well-rested and ready for the week ahead because, as always, news abounds. On Friday, state Reps. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne and Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, announced that they would co-sponsor a bill to create a statewide system for tracking rape kits.  This legislation, if introduced, could prove significant, […]


Want to stop the turnover among child welfare workers? The Pa. House can pass this important bill | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2020

The bill forgives student loans up to $50,000 for child welfare workers who remain in a child welfare agency for three years after finishing their degree.

‘Viva la Republica Dominicana!’ Capitol celebrates Dominican Independence

BY: - February 5, 2020

Attendees waved Dominican flags, sporting the flag's colors in their festive wardrobe and danced in recognition of the day. 

House lawmakers aim to aid older foster children with free tuition, car insurance

BY: - May 14, 2019

Lawmakers in the state House said Tuesday they hope a package of bills now working its way through the chamber will help teenage foster children transition from young adulthood into maturity. “We have our own support networks in place, and we assume they’re in place for everyone,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, said at […]

Pa. House committees advance more grand jury recommendations on Catholic clergy abuse

BY: - April 15, 2019

The votes came less than a week after the full chamber gave the OK to a civil window for older sex abuse victims.

Senate security employee escorted out of Capitol as harassment suit works through court: report

BY: - March 14, 2019

*This story was updated on Wednesday afternoon to include comments from senate secretary Megan Martin. More than a year after she accused her then-supervisor for sexual harassment, a top official with the state Senate security force isn’t sure if she still has her job or not, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. Two sources told the […]

Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?

BY: and - February 6, 2019

There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.