October 2017

Fight against gun violence may get $500G boost

CHESTER >> Standing on the basketball court where four people were shot Saturday by a gunman perched a distance away, two Republican state senators announced Thursday that $500,000 has been earmarked to combat gun violence in Delaware County — and particularly in the city.

Sens. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown, and Tom McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, announced the funding for the Delaware County Gun Violence Task Force as part of the state’s $32 billion 2017-2018 budget now on Gov. Wolf’s desk. As of late Thursday, Wolf has not indicated whether he will sign the package.

The senators spoke at a hastily called press conference in the 1200 block of West Carla’s Lane – a street named for city...

October 2017

Editorial: Region’s reps buck trends in state budget talks

There are a lot of fingers being pointed these days in Harrisburg.

That’s what happens when you approve a $32 billion spending plan and then spend the next three months trying to figure out how to fund it.

You read that right.

Our esteemed Legislature barely beat the deadline at the end of June by passing a new fiscal plan.

Since then we’ve been treated to dysfunction – which is another way of saying business as usual in Harrisburg – as legislators have tied themselves in knots trying to figure out how to pay for it.

Keep in mind that, as with everything that happens in the state capital, this exercise is drenched in politics. Every state representative as well as the governor will...

July 2017

Advocates, pols push for action on domestic violence gun bill

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Local and state advocates are pushing for legislation that will protect people from domestic abusers by taking away their guns more quickly than current state law allows.

Senate Bill 501, introduced by state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown, would force a convicted domestic abuser to relinquish their firearms to law enforcement or a licensed gun dealer within 24 hours of their conviction and/or a final protection from abuse is issued. At present, guns must be turned over to any third party within 60 days. Failure to give up their firearms would result in a third degree misdemeanor prosecution.

Representatives from the county district attorney’s office and the Pennsylvania...