After Critical Report, PA Police Review Their Role In ICE Deportations

HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – Pennsylvania’s state police force is reviewing its interactions with the federal immigration and customs enforcement, in the wake of a series of investigative reports questioning the legality of troopers using traffic stops to detain people in the country illegally. It’s still not clear how law enforcement agency will change their procedures, or when. An investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer found the Philadelphia Immigration and Customs Enforcement office–which oversees Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia–arrests more undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions than any other ICE office in the country. Unlike police in many other states, Pennsylvania state troopers don’t have official partnerships with ICE –nor do they have limits on questioning people about their legal status. It’s largely up to individual troopers to decide whether to question people about their immigration status or contact ICE agents.

Finger Lakes Lawmakers Introduce Law to Stop Romulus Incinerator

Opposition is growing against a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus. In recent months several Finger Lakes municipalities have voted resolutions opposing the proposed incinerator in the town of Romulus. Article Ten allows for state review for proposals like this. Now, lawmakers have proposed a law eliminating trash or waste incinerators from the Article Ten process. When the project faces strong local opposition the company withdrew it’s application for local permitting. They said they would bypass local permission and seek a permit from the state under Article Ten instead.

Southern Tier Lawmakers, Restaurant Owners, Employees Oppose Governor’s Proposal To End Tip Wage Credit

CORNING, NY (WSKG) – Southern Tier lawmakers are voicing their opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the minimum wage tip credit. Corning Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined fellow Assemblyman Chris Friend and State Senator Tom O’Mara, both of Big Flats, at a press conference on Wednesday in Corning. The Republicans were joined by restaurant owners and employees. The tip credit is part of the phase-in of the $15 per hour minimum wage. In upstate New York this means employers may pay their tipped workers $7.50 per hour with a $2.90 per hour tip credit for a total equalling the current upstate minimum wage of $10.40 per hour.

Wolf, Lawmakers Push A Raft Of Criminal Justice Overhauls

HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and a number of legislators are advocating for a slew of changes to the state’s criminal justice system. The call comes in the wake of a few victories for reform advocates, but in the face of opposition from a significant portion of the legislature’s GOP majority. On the agenda are eight initiatives, including standardizing bail across counties, pumping more money into public defense, providing a clean slate for old misdemeanors, and a second phase of Justice Reinvestment initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism. Some of those, like the clean slate bill, are already moving through the legislature and have garnered bipartisan support. “These reforms would save us precious time and money spent incarcerating people who are better-served through programs and services–people who simply don’t belong in prison,” Wolf said at a press conference outside the Dauphin County Judicial Center.

GOP Guts Bill Proposing Independent Redistricting Commission

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — The Pennsylvania legislature would get more control over how state legislative boundary lines are drawn under an amended bill that passed out of the House Government Committee along party lines Wednesday. The original bill removed lawmakers from the process in favor of an independent citizens’ commission. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, says lawmakers are the most accountable of anyone who might be tasked with legislative reapportionment. “The best way to make sure we have citizens actually being the ones redrawing, citizens who are held accountable to their fellow citizens who elect them to office, and are not just going to go away after the work is done, and be held accountable in the future for their decisions, is to totally gut and replace this bill,” said Metcalfe, committee chairman. Metcalfe’s amendment completely changed House Bill 722 from its original intent.

Amid Allegations, House GOP Proposes Studying Workplace Harassment

HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — State House Republicans are announcing two proposals aimed at curbing workplace harassment. The effort comes after one of their members–Delaware County’s Nick Miccarelli — was accused of harassment by fellow House Republican Tarah Toohil, of Luzerne County. She now has a restraining order against him. A few other lawmakers have also been accused of harassment in recent months. The GOP measures diverge significantly from previous solutions offered up by Democrats.