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Proposal Aims to Protect Domestic Violence Victims
A number of recent cases of domestic violence in Pennsylvania have exposed many flaws in the way that state and local authorities protect victims. This week, I introduced a bill that would help prevent future tragedies by giving judges the tools they need to keep the most dangerous offenders behind bars.
My bill would clarify that Magisterial District Judges may use a risk assessment tool when setting bail in domestic violence cases to determine whether a defendant poses a danger to a victim. These risk assessment tools have proven to be effective in predicting an offender’s odds of re-offending and creating a dangerous circumstance for victims.
The tragic death of Washington County resident Tierne Ewing was one of the inspirations behind the introduction of this bill. The bill will be known as Tierne’s Law in recognition of an amazing life that was taken too soon. I am hopeful we can see this bill signed into law so no family has to endure the same kind of pain and loss as Tierne’s loved ones.
Legislation Would Modernize Treatment of
I had the honor of meeting with representatives from a variety of non-profit organizations around my district. Thank you to Heritage Public Library-McDonald, PA, Little Lake Theatre, Peters Township Chamber of Commerce, Literacy Council, and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership for taking the time to speak with me.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is in the midst of a three-week series of public hearings regarding the spending plan proposed by Governor Wolf last month. The hearings offer a great opportunity for lawmakers to ask questions and receive additional information directly from various department and agency leaders and members of the Wolf Administration.
Video and summaries of the first two weeks of budget hearings, as well as a schedule of hearings for next week, are available at www.pasenategop.com.
Job-seekers can learn more about local employment opportunities at the Washington County Job Fair, which will be held at American Legion Post 175 in Washington on March 15 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
More information about the job fair is available by calling 724-223-4500 or visiting PA CareerLink of Washington County at 90 West Chestnut Street in Washington.
I had a chance to spend time with children from the Washington County Head Start Program during a tour of the Center in the Woods Adult Day Care facility in Brownsville. Washington County Head Start offers a wonderful and creative program that allows preschool children and older adults to partner and conduct intergenerational programs.
My sincere thanks goes out to everyone who took part in the panel discussion this week regarding my legislation to ensure mothers and children who are affected by postpartum depression can receive the services they need. The discussion was hosted in conjunction with the #StrongMomStrongBaby coalition and included community leaders and medical providers whose area of expertise includes women’s health, perinatal care, psychiatry and family counseling.
More information about my bill is available here.
The United Way of Washington County was a terrific host for a panel discussion on my bill to help mothers and babies affected by postpartum depression.
For more information on issues of importance to southwestern Pennsylvania, please visit my website at www.senatorbartolotta.com and connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/senatorbartolotta) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/senbartolotta).
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3046
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Canonsburg, PA 15317
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