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In this episode of the JSGC Podcast, we  continue our  series on the Legislative Service Agencies of Pennsylvania.  This time we interviewed Dr. Kyle Kopko, the Executive Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  During our discussion we learned more about the Center's mission, how it conducts it own research and manages a grant program, and the recent projects the Center has undertaken. Learn more about the Center for Rural Pennsylvania by visiting their website: https://www.rural.pa.gov/Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, the JSGC podcast crew sit down with Yvonne Hursh for an update on broadband internet deployment in Pennsylvania. Topics covered include the newly created Broadband Development Authority, whether Pennsylvania's internet coverage is improving, and how broadband can benefit public education and health.  A short summary and the third annual broadband report, Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth, are available on the JSGC website.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
This is the second episode in our election law series featuring the JSGC Podcast crew's discussion with Yvonne Hursh. As we introduced in Part 1, Yvonne is the project manager for the Election Law Advisory Board which releases annual reports on ways to improve the Pennsylvania Election Code. In this episode we discuss pre-canvasing, balancing accessibility with voter ID requirements, the process of training election officials and poll workers, and the constitutionality of mail-in ballots. One-page summaries and copies of the inaugural and second annual ELAB reports can be found on the JSGC website.  More information on the ELAB, its authorizing act, a list of board member, and recordings of past meetings are also available.Music in this podcast provided by Jospeh McDade.http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In the first episode of this two-part series, the JSGC podcast crew sits down with project manager Yvonne Hursh to discuss the second annual report of the Election Law Advisory Board, known as "ELAB". In this episode, we introduce the ELAB, talk about the challenges involved with maintaining voter registration lists, and the process of cleaning up the election code to ensure that formerly incarcerated persons are not permanently disenfranchised from the right to vote. The one-page summaries and copies of the inaugural and second annual ELAB reports can be found on the JSGC website.  More information on the ELAB, its authorizing act, a list of board member, and recordings of past meetings are also available.Stay tuned for part two!Music in this podcast provided by Jospeh McDade.http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, the JSGC podcast crew sits down with Allison Kobzowicz to discuss the school bus driver shortage in Pennsylvania.  We discuss what factors make it hard to attract people to the career, the results of state-wide survey sent out to school bus drivers,  and what steps could be taken to help ease the shortage. More information can be found on our website  in the report "The School Bus Driver Shortage in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania".  We would also like to thank the following organizations for their assistance with this project:Pennsylvania School Bus Associationhttps://www.paschoolbus.org/ Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officialshttps://www.pasbo.org/ Pennsylvania State Education Associationhttps://www.psea.org/ Music in the podcast provided by Joseph McDade.  Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
This episode contains an interview between the JSGC Podcast team and project manager Helen Khanzhina about the progress in updating the digital system used by the Commonwealth to manage its child welfare cases and the logistical challenges this undertaking poses. The full report, Development and Implementation of a New Integrated Child Welfare Case Management System in Pennsylvania, was released in April of 2022 and is available on the JSGC website along with a 1-page summary.Music provided by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
The conclusion of a two-part series, this episode features an interview with Brent McClintock, executive director of the Legislative Data Processing Center. The LDPC is legislative service agency which manages IT throughout the capitol complex.  Topics covered in this episode include: LDPC's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of cyber security for state government offices, and agency's role in PA's redistricting process. More information about the LDPC can be found at its website: http://www.paldpc.us/HomeThe 2015 JSGC report on cyber security can be found here.Music provided by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
This episode is the first of a two-part series on the Legislative Data Processing Center, a legislative services agency which manages IT throughout the capitol complex.  To learn more about this agency, the JSGC podcast crew sat down with Brent McClintock, executive director of the LDPC. Topics covered in this episode include Brent's work experiences, the  duties and responsibilities of the LDPC,  as well as what services and training are offered by the organization.Stay tuned for part 2!More information about the LDPC can be found at its website: http://www.paldpc.us/HomeMusic by Joseph McDadeMusic by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, the JSGC podcast crew interview Frank Lill, project manager of the report "License Processing Times of the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing," released in April of 2022.  We discuss how long it takes to get a nursing license in Pennsylvania, factors contributing to delays in processing time, and recommendations for how to improve these conditions.  A one page summary and access to the full report are available here.  Our music is provided by Joseph McDade. Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
This episode is the conclusion of the two-part interview between the JSGC podcast team and Vince DeLiberato, Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau. Topics covered in this episode include: how the LRB responds to the pressures of working for legislators, the process of drafting bills, and lesser known functions of the LRB. More information about the LRB can be found at their website: https://www.palrb.gov/Music provided by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, Glenn Pasewicz, Susan Elder, and Bryan DeWalt interview Vince DeLiberato, the Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau. Mr. DeLiberato describes the agency's primary responsibility as the "law office of the Legislature" and the LRB is well known in Harrisburg for its vital role in drafting bills for members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. A few of the topics covered in this episode's include: the history of the LRB, the technology used in bill drafting, codifying state laws, and how the agency trains its attorneys. Tune in next episode where we conclude our conversation with Vince DeLiberato. More information about the LRB can be found at their website: https://www.palrb.gov/ Music provided by Joseph McDade. Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
During this episode Susan Elder,  Glenn Pasewicz , and Bryan DeWalt spoke with Grant Rosul, the project leader of "Regulatory Waivers and Suspensions Issued by the PA Dept. of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs During the COVID-19 Pandemic" released in October of 2021. The episode covers what the BPOA is, what some of the measures the Bureau took to keep professions under its purview operating during the pandemic, and how these measures could lead to more permanent changes down the road.Both the full report and a short summary are available on the JSGC website. Music in the podcast was provided by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, Susan Elder and Glenn Pasewicz interview  Helen Khanzhina about the latest in a series of ongoing reports covering the Diabetes epidemic in Pennsylvania. Their conversion covers the associated  health risks of Covid-19 to people with Diabetes, the role of telehealth in treating the disease, and recent statistical trends. For more information see the full report, "Diabetes in Pennsylvania: Prevention and Maintenance Programs - Fifth Biennial Report," available on the JSGC website.  Advocacy Organizations and Educational Resources mentioned in this episode: Diabetes Action Network, Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, Diabetes Sisters, JDRF, T1D Exchange, PA Dept. of Health, and the PA Dept. of Aging.Podcast music by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, Susan Elder and Glenn Pasewicz discuss a newly released report, Medical School Impact on the Primary Care Physician Shortage, with project manager Bryan DeWalt.  Topics covered include what primary care physicians are, current data collection efforts,  and what medical schools and other states are doing to address the primary care physician shortage. Additionally, a summary of the report's recommendations are provided.Both a summary and the full report are available at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/Music in the podcast by Joseph McDade. Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
 In this special episode, the JSGC staff take a break from our usual policy report discussions to sit down with Dave Craig, the Executive Director of the Capitol Preservation Committee, to talk about our favorite  capitol artwork, Dave's background and preservation philosophy, and all of the work done by the Committee to maintain one of the most beautiful state government buildings in the country.To learn more about the Capitol Preservation Committee or browse through their shop of PA State Capitol memorabilia visit them at http://cpc.state.pa.us/Music featured in the podcast is provided by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, Glenn Pasewicz, Susan Elder, Allison Kobzowicz discuss their report detailing the social benefits of Out-of-School Time programs. Both the full report, Return on Investment of Afterschool Programs in Pennsylvania, and a short summary are available on the JSGC website. This report was sponsored  by Representative  Wheatley and authorized by HR 180 of 2020.   The report was released in June of 2021. Music by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speak with  Yvonne Hursh, project manager of Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape, about barriers to accessing mental health services, available state programs, and recommendations for what Pennsylvania can do moving forward. The report was authorized by House Resolution 642 of 2020 and sponsored by Representative McNeil. The final report was released in February of 2021.Several acronyms are used in this podcast:SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse ExaminersRAINN -  the Rape, Abuse & Incest National NetworkPCAR – Pennsylvania Coalition Against RapeSART – Sexual Abuse Response Teams  Additional ResourcesSexual Assault HotlinesSANE Programs in PAPA Rape Crisis Centers and Services offered by County Music by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
JSGC Executive Director, Glenn Pasewicz, begins the episode by discussing the role of legislative task forces in the Commission's work.  Afterward, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speak with project manager Frank Lill about our recent report on veterans services. The full report, Coordination of Veterans Services in Pennsylvania, was released in March of 2021.  The report was authorized by  Senate Resolution 170 of 2019 and sponsored by Senator Iovino.  Music by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
In this episode,  Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz introduces the concept of warm hand-offs, a coordination of  public services to encourage people with Substance Use Disorder to seek treatment.  The majority of the episode features Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt speaking with Helen Khanzhina, project manager of Warm Hand-Offs in Pennsylvania. The report was authorized by  House Resolution 216 of 2019 and sponsored by Representative Polinchock. The final report was released in December of 2020. Music by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
Police Powers

Police Powers

2021-01-1515:49

In this episode, Susan Elder and Bryan DeWalt interview Stephen Kramer and Allison Kobzowicz on their report Police Powers to Make Arrests, Carry Firearms, and Other Enforcement Authorizations in Pennsylvania which was released in December of 2020. They are joined by Executive Director Glenn Pasewicz who details the Commission's role in consolidating state statutes.  The report was authorized by  House resolution 620 of 2019 and sponsored by Representative Jozwiak.  Music by Joseph McDade.Music by Joseph McDade. Visit us at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
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