Judy Schwank http://wesa.fm en Truancy Penalties Reconsidered After Death of Reading Woman http://wesa.fm/post/truancy-penalties-reconsidered-after-death-reading-woman <p>The death of a 55-year-old mother of seven has led to the proposal of new legislation in the PA Senate, which would eliminate sending parents of frequently truant children to jail.</p><p>Some school districts in Pennsylvania have a policy where a child who is absent without an excuse for an excessive number of days must appear before a magisterial district judge, and the parents of the child could be fined.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 31492 at http://wesa.fm Bill Aims To Increase Holocaust Education In Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/bill-aims-increase-holocaust-education-pennsylvania <p>According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, there were as many as 20,000 concentration camps during from 1933 to 1945 — used for forced labor, transit camps and even killing centers for 11 million victims.</p><p>But many don’t believe this actually happened, and others just simply never learned about it.</p><p>That’s what House Bill 1424 — which just passed the Senate this week — aims to fix.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:19:43 +0000 Jessica Nath 30863 at http://wesa.fm Legislation To Expand City Revitalization Program http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-expand-city-revitalization-program <p>Lancaster and Bethlehem were chosen to take part in Pennsylvania’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program this year, but some state lawmakers feel like their cities are missing out.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 22949 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmaker Seeks to Outlaw 'Revenge Porn' http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmaker-seeks-outlaw-revenge-porn <p>State lawmakers are already considering efforts to tamp down bullying online, but one Democrat wants to quash a very particular kind of harassment.<br /><br />Sexually explicit photos or videos that are posted without the consent of the person they feature have become known as &ldquo;revenge porn.&rdquo;<br /><br />It&rsquo;s illegal in New Jersey and was just banned in California.<br /><br />Sen. Judy Schwank of Berks County said she&rsquo;s talked to people whose reputations, job opportunities and safety has been affected by material their ex-spouses or ex-lovers posted online. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:21:16 +0000 Mary Wilson 17624 at http://wesa.fm In Harrisburg, At Least 3 Proposals to Trim PA Legislature http://wesa.fm/post/harrisburg-least-3-proposals-trim-pa-legislature <p>Although Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state, it has the largest full-time legislature in the nation with 253 members (203 in the House, 50 in the Senate).</p><p>At least three different proposals to reduce the size of the General Assembly are floating around the state capitol.</p><p>The Speaker of the House, Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) said he will introduce two measures: one that would reduce the House to 153 members, and the other to shrink the Senate to 38.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:54:29 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14850 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmaker Wants Municipalities to Pay Up for PA Police http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmaker-wants-municipalities-pay-pa-police <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of municipalities in the commonwealth that do not have their own police departments can request state police coverage, and get it for free.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Judy </span>Schwank<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>D-Berks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) wants to charge for it. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:38:06 +0000 Emily Farah 7853 at http://wesa.fm