Feb. 01, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup

 The latest news from the State Capitol

House Readies for Wolf’s 2019-20 Budget Address

The House and Senate will convene in a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to hear Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the fifth year of his administration.

I am looking forward to hearing the governor’s spending proposal and reviewing the details in the coming weeks as the Appropriations Committee will begin its annual series of state budget hearings on Feb. 11.

Keep your eyes on RepKnowles.com and Facebook.com/RepKnowles for updates and reactions.
Recapping 103rd PA Farm Show

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My latest Legislative Report video program offers a review of this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Beginning with a discussion of issues related to the farming and agribusiness industries with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, this 30-minute report also features my interviews with District 124 residents Morgan Kunkel, Sunnyside Farms and Paul Shealer, owner of Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm.

For the latest district event information and state government updates, visit RepKnowles.com and Facebook.com/RepKnowles.
Ensuring Victims’ Rights

Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
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