Pennsylvania Department of State en New Website Design Aims to Make Campaign Finance Reports Easier to Find <p>The Pennsylvania Department of State has redesigned the portion of its <a href="">website</a> that contains campaign finance reports. Spokesman Ron Ruman said the old site design was confusing.</p><p>“It was set up in a way that perhaps made sense to candidates or people that file campaign finance reports and that sort of thing,” said Ruman, “but to the average citizen that doesn’t deal with those things a lot it was kind of confusing, it wasn’t necessarily intuitive in the way it did the searches.”</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:47:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24710 at Sen. Smith Opposes Voter ID Ads <p>Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) is urging the commonwealth’s State Department to stop airing its voter ID advertisements.</p><p>The ads, which began running earlier this week, say voters will be asked, but not required, to show a photo ID at the polls, but Smith said the commercials are almost identical to the original ads that say photo ID is a requirement.</p><p>Smith calls the ads “confusing” and “misleading” because they give the impression that identification will be mandatory for the November municipal elections.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:19:35 +0000 Michael Lynch 18005 at With New Licensing for Specialists, Concern About Impact in the Autism Community <p>Behavior specialists in Pennsylvania who work with autistic children have a soon-approaching deadline to apply for licenses to keep doing their jobs. But parents and advocates say that the requirements and the process to apply are arduous.&nbsp;</p><p>When Act 62 passed, those in the autism community saw it as a victory. The 2009 legislation required private insurance companies to pay for services for those with autism — up to $36,000 a year. But it also required the Pennsylvania Department of State to license behavior specialists.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:26:57 +0000 Erika Beras 8398 at With New Licensing for Specialists, Concern About Impact in the Autism Community