Bellevue Strategies 02/07/2020
By Kristina D’Amico
President Donald Trump was acquitted in front of the entire nation on Tuesday, as the Senate voted on two charges: obstruction of justice, and abuse of power. The votes cast were 47-53, and 48-52, respectively. How did Pennsylvanian lawmakers react? Check out a breakdown of the votes at PennLive.
Pennsylvania signed in a new state law on Wednesday, that will increase penalties for certain human trafficking offenses, in effect in two months. The law makes it the “most serious category of a felony to recruit, harbor, transport or obtain someone, knowing the victim will be subject to sexual servitude”. The law also makes it a first-degree felony to financially benefit from the facilitation of such behavior, and will direct money from criminal fines to aid children trapped in human trafficking situations. But most notably, the bill defines a “child” as anyone under age 18 – up from age 16.
On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf proposed his 6th budget to the General Assembly. The proposed budget totaled out to $36 billion with no major tax increases, with must of the budget addressing various educational concerns. Funding would boost for public education, expand full-day kindergarten to all students, borrow money to address environmental hazards in schools across the state, and change how charter schools are funded. The governor also made a plea for stricter gun laws during his speech, including universal background checks, stronger reporting requirements for lost and stolen firearms, and a “red flag” law. As the budget season continues, we’ll be sure to update you!
In Philadephia City Council, Councilmember Cherelle Parker introduced a resolution and ordinance that would put a question on the ballot regarding whether or not the Philadelphia Police Department should end the practice of stop-and-frisk. You can read the full question here. Following last’s weeks proposed legislation, Councilmember Allan Domb re-started the conversation on whether or not Councilmembers should have term limits. The legislation suggested that four, four-year terms be the end; Domb’s newly introduced legislation would set term limits at five, but includes a provision that eliminates the “resign to run”, which forces Council members to resign before running for another office.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates for more!