Senator Stewart Greenleaf http://wesa.fm en New Legislation Redefines Human Trafficking http://wesa.fm/post/new-legislation-redefines-human-trafficking <p><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: italic; "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bot Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:52:46 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32173 at http://wesa.fm PA Task Force Delays Deadline For Possible Death Penalty Reforms http://wesa.fm/post/pa-task-force-delays-deadline-possible-death-penalty-reforms <p>Thirty-two states, including Pennsylvania, have the death penalty. Since 1976 when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment, &nbsp;Rhode Island (1984), &nbsp;New York (2007), New Jersey (2007), &nbsp;New Mexico (2009)&nbsp;Connecticut (2012), and Maryland (2013) &nbsp;have abolished it. But the repeal in the last three states was not retroactive so they still have prisoners on death row. &nbsp;Massachusetts' death penalty statute was nullified in 1984 by court rulings.</p><p>Could Pennsylvania become the next state to abolish capital punishment?</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 21601 at http://wesa.fm New Act Hopes to Increase Organ Donation http://wesa.fm/post/new-act-hopes-increase-organ-donation <p>More than 8,000 people are awaiting transplants in Pennsylvania. That’s according to Donate Life PA which also said an average of 490 people die each year while waiting for a matching organ to become available.</p><p>SB 850, also known as the Donate Life PA Act, would revise the 1994 law on organ donation.</p><p>The legislation aims to create more awareness about donation, emphasize that transplantation is the priority for donated organs and increase the likelihood that people will donate.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20442 at http://wesa.fm