Judy Schwank http://wesa.fm en PA Revenge Porn Ban Leaves Advocates Skeptical http://wesa.fm/post/pa-revenge-porn-ban-leaves-advocates-skeptical <p>A national advocacy group is calling Pennsylvania’s new anti-revenge porn law inadequate.</p><p>Revenge porn refers to nude or sexual images shared without permission of the person pictured. It has been called “intimate partner harassment” by state lawmakers, but legal experts say it might be more broadly called “non-consensual porn” – something that isn’t restricted to spurned lovers posting photos of ex-girlfriends online.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 33285 at http://wesa.fm 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