Prayer For Peace & Police Tonight

LANCASTER – A Night of Prayer for Peace and Our Police is being planned for Lancaster City. Pastor Jamie Mitchell with Lancaster’s Harvest Bible Chapel says he talked about the need for prayer with Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler. A Night of Prayer for Peace and Our Police will take place this evening from 6:30 – 7:15 at Binns Park at 181 N. Queen Street in Lancaster. Pastor Mitchell encouraged families, churches, and police to come out to pray for concerns related to our communities and the police as well as asking God restore righteousness in our county. There will be no preaching or teaching at the event. Pastors will read select Scriptures calling God’s people to restore respect and honor back towards God’s authority.

Prayer for Peace and Police

PA Senate Committee Considers Legislative Gift Ban

HARRISBURG – A legislative gift ban measure is now before the Senate State Government Committee for consideration. Pennsylvania is one of only ten states that has no limits on gifts given to public officials and their staff. At a recent tele-town hall meeting, Lancaster County Sen. Lloyd Smucker said that merely requiring the disclosure of gifts received above a certain value is no longer regarded by the public as an effect guard against corruption. Senate Bill 174 would also prohibit gifts to relatives of public officials and public employees if the gift is given because of the official’s or employee’s position. A gift would be defined as anything of value including meals, travel, lodging, and entertainment.

SEN. LLOYD SMUCKER

              SEN. LLOYD SMUCKER

PA Turnpike Closure Sunday Morning

HARRISBURG – A 19-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Harrisburg East and the Lebanon-Lancaster interchanges starting just after midnight until 6 a.m. on Sunday. The closure is needed to safely allow crews to remove the Nissley Road Bridge that crosses over the turnpike in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County. The recommended detour for westbound motorists is to exit at Lebanon-Lancaster, take Route 72 north to Route 322 west to I-283 south, and reenter at Harrisburg East. The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is to exit at Harrisburg East, take I-283 north to Route 322 east to Route 72 south, and reenter at Lebanon-Lancaster. Message boards will inform motorists of the closure, and Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts at station 1640 AM also are being used to inform travelers. Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP. The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.

Senate Votes For Maryland Budget

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously for the state’s $40 billion budget. Lawmakers made extra cuts to restore scaled-back education funding initially proposed in Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget. A 2% cost-of-living adjustment for state employees also was restored. Democrats and Republicans spoke positively about the bipartisanship that went into the Senate’s effort. Part of the plan involves changing the state’s pension funding system. Some Republicans criticized the tapping of about half of a $150 million extra payment into the pension system, designed to shore up the state’s pension plan. But supporters say Maryland will still reach an 80% funding goal by 2023. The House and Senate still need to work out some differences in the budget legislation.

Time To Address PA Public Pension Reform

HARRISBURG – The House State Government Committee held a public hearing to discuss how to tackle the unfunded liability in Pennsylvania’s teacher and state employee pension systems. The committee received testimony from actuarial firms, financial institutions, and policy consultants, as well as representatives of PSEA and college and university teacher associations. York County Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill said lawmakers must stop kicking the can down the road and address the pension issue now. The lawmaker  says we need to transition from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan to benefit taxpayers and employees. She added an employee’s retirement should not be subject to political manipulation that can impair the system. Phillips-Hill does not support Gov. Wolf’s proposal of floating pension obligation bonds which she says is very risky.

REP. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL

REP. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL

PA Game Commission Honors Lawmaker

HARRISBURG – The PA Game Commission honored Adams County Rep. Dan Moul for his work in passage of a new law to help protect Wildlife Conservation Officers and Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) while on the job. Act 202 of 2014, sponsored by Moul and signed into law last fall, classifies WCOs as law enforcement officers. The reclassification enables WCOs to use body cameras in the performance of their duties, provided they complete required training, sanctioned by the Pennsylvania State Police, on the legal and technical aspects of wiretapping and electronic surveillance. Like other law enforcement officers, WCOs routinely encounter potentially dangerous situations on the job. Moul’s legislation was prompted by the shooting death of Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove of Fairfield, Adams County, in 2010. Moul, who serves on the House Game and Fisheries Committee, said the presence of body cameras puts would-be perpetrators on notice that their actions may be recorded. Cameras have been proven to deter crime while also holding law enforcement to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

REP. DAN MOUL

    REP. DAN MOUL

Sponsor A Child Through Compassion

LANCASTER – WDAC and WJTL continues the campaign to get sponsorships for needy children through Compassion International. Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month provides medical care, nutritious food, educational assistance, and most important, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship to God. When you sponsor a child, you’ll receive your child’s photo, personal story, and a child sponsorship packet by mail in about 10 days. Go to wdac.com and click on the Compassion banner to select and sponsor your child. You can also CLICK HERE to sponsor a child or call toll free 1-888-222-0809. Thank you for your sponsorship.

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Recording Video Grows As Feature Of Police Stun Guns

HARRISBURG (AP) – Footage from stun gun cameras is increasingly finding its way into civil and criminal cases, and prosecutors say it was the strongest evidence used to charge a Cumberland County police officer this week in a man’s shooting death. Prosecutors say Hummelstown police Officer Lisa Mearkle’s stun gun captured images that showed she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop. Taser International says it’s already sold about 80,000 stun guns with cameras, about 10% of all stun guns it’s manufactured. Mearkle’s lawyer says she kept her stun gun pointed at the man to document what was happening, not thinking it would be used against her.

Undoing A State Takeover Of York City schools

HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf wants to undo a state takeover of the York City School District. Wolf’s administration asked a state appellate court to begin the process to take the financially struggling district out of receivership. The governor wants to appoint a chief recovery officer under a 2012 law to co-chair a committee with Mayor Kim Bracey to get community input on a plan to right the district’s finances. Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration appointed a receiver who had planned to bring in a Florida company, Charter Schools USA, to operate the district’s eight schools. But the courts had not decided challenges to the receivership before Wolf took office and the receiver has since resigned.