State lawmakers have been considering changes to how Pennsylvania State Police provide coverage in communities without local law enforcement, and how to pay for it. There are no fewer than five related proposals that have been introduced this session.Paying for current coverage
Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, has introduced a bill setting out a detailed scale. First, remember that this issue arises as the state is cutting transfers from the state's Motor License Fund to state police.
Hundreds of people rallied in Lancaster Saturday in protest of a Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan chapter's plans for a cross burning in rural Quarryville that evening. More than 20 local leaders spoke during the two-hour demonstration about racism and oppression - history, progress, persistence and the need for continued action and vigilance - before a crowd that filled the courthouse steps and spilled into part of King Street, prompting police to close one lane of traffic.
Lancaster Councilwoman Danene Sorace won the city's Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday, and will face Republican Cindy Stewart in the fall. Urban areas tend to lean left. But the mayor's office in Lancaster has changed parties multiple times over the years. So Sorace and her supporters say they have a legitimate contest ahead, despite an increase in Democratic voters and major improvements in Lancaster since outgoing Mayor Rick Gray took office.