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Gov. Wolf Vetoes Legislation That Would Keep Violent Inmates in Jail Longer
I am extremely disappointed that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed legislation supported by Republicans and Democrats that would tighten the parole process for violent offenders.
House Bill 146, or Markie’s Law, was named after Markie Mason, an 8-year-old Lawrence County boy who was brutally stabbed to death by a man who was paroled at the end of his minimum sentence for homicide, even after being convicted of committing two separate assaults of other inmates while in prison.
The bill would have postponed consideration of a violent inmate’s parole an additional two years following the inmate’s minimum release date for each conviction of a violent offense while incarcerated. This was a rational, responsible response to a horrific crime and Gov. Wolf’s veto is indefensible.
PA Capitol Fountain Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This past week at the State Capitol, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition hosted its annual “Pink Fountain Event” to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives
An important message for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that screening for signs can greatly improve survival rates.
In recent years, the General Assembly enacted laws to provide a new screening and reporting system for patients determined to have dense breasts, which can disguise cancer and delay its detection. It also expanded MRI coverage for patients and implemented a driver license check-off for breast cancer research funding.
This Week’s Hot Jobs in Erie County
Check out Erie County Hot Job listings at PA CareerLink.
For more information on the postings below, type in the job number at https://www.pacareerlink.pa.gov/jponline/.
Erie School District Removed from Financial Oversight
This past week, the state removed the Erie School District from financial watch it has been under since 2016. The state also removed the district from the oversight of a state-appointed financial administrator.
When I was first elected to the Pennsylvania Senate, I pledged to get aid to rescue the Erie School District. I’m proud to have delivered on my promise and helped secure the additional $14 million per year in state funding for the school district that brought the district back from insolvency and assisted its turnaround.
The district’s austerity measures during the crisis, including the merger of four high schools to two in 2017, made it easier for me when I was in Harrisburg to make the pitch that Erie was worth investing in.
This is a proud moment not only for me politically and for the Erie School District, but also for the community. Because we all know that, if you don’t have a functioning school district, everything else falls apart.
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