Law and Policy


State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Mary Isaacson (both D-Philadelphia) lead a hearing on Pennsylvania's HIV criminalization laws on Oct. 6, 2021. (Courtesy of Pennsylvania House of Representatives)
What You Probably Don’t Know About HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania Will Scare You

A recent hearing on HIV criminalization laws in Pennsylvania shed light on the stigma those living with HIV are forced to endure.

FILE: Berks Country Pharmacann makes medical marijuana products.  (Photo By MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Puff, Puff, Pass: Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Legalize Marijuana in PA

The bipartisan bill prioritizes safety, community reinvestment, social and economic equity, agriculture, and creates vital tax revenue streams for the state.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Sharif Street is one of the state legislators who discussed the Derek Chauvin verdict on Twitter. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
This Is What State Legislators Had to Say About Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict

Pennsylvania state legislators discussed the Derek Chauvin verdict on Twitter, many saying it was a rare moment of accountability.

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019 file photo Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, speaks during a news conference at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pa. A bid to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to give victims of child sexual abuse a new legal window to sue over otherwise time-barred allegations got new life Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 days after the disclosure of a paperwork error threw it into disarray. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Lawmakers Consider Fast-Track Plan for Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Window

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, told colleagues during a state House session that GOP leaders in both chambers were working with him and he hoped to get the proposed amendment on the spring primary ballot.

In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaks during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. A proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawsuits for otherwise outdated child sexual abuse claims was not advertised as required, delaying the required voter referendum for at least two years. The Department of State issued a news release Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, calling it “simple human error” and apologized. As a result, Boockvar is leaving her job, and the inspector general will be looking into the matter. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Secretary of State to Leave After Agency Bungles Ballot Referendum for Child Sex Victims

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar will leave her post after an error will delay a proposed Pennsylvania state constitutional amendment for two years.

FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, center, and Mayor Jim Kenney, 4th left, meet with people in Philadelphia after days of protest over the May 25 death of George Floyd. Outlaw defended her actions during days of widespread protests against police brutality this summer after an independent report harshly criticized her direct decision making. The critique came in a report conducted by two independent firms and released by the city controller's office on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Defends Use of Tear Gas, ‘Less Lethal Munitions’ During Protests

Philadelphia's police commissioner is defending her department and the city's response to days of widespread protests against police brutality last summer.

Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on January 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Rice discussed plans for President Biden's racial equity agenda. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
‘We Must Change’: Biden Issues Executive Orders That Aim to Advance Racial Equity

Biden said Tuesday that criminal justice reform is necessary but “isn't nearly enough.” Racial equity "has to be the business of the whole of government,” he added.