New bill makes female genital mutilation a felony in Pennsylvania

Aug. 02, 2019 /

Female genital mutilation, a form of horrific abuse that affects thousands of women and girls throughout the world, is now a felony in Pennsylvania, thanks to some recently signed legislation. And good timing. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pittsburgh region ranks among one of the top metropolitan areas in the nation for female genital mutilation risk.

Pennsylvania poised to ban female genital mutilation

Jun. 28, 2019 /

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is on track to become the 34th state to ban female genital mutilation, a cultural practice used by some ethnic groups that the Centers for Disease Control has described as a violation of women’s human rights.

Murt Bill to Increase Lottery Profits for Seniors Passes State House

Jun. 20, 2019 /

HARRISBURG—The House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia), chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, to increase lottery profits by lowering the rate of return of lottery games. The increased profits would go to programs for seniors that are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Murt Leads Aging Committee in Investigating State’s Senior Housing Needs

Jun. 05, 2019 /

HARRISBURG—Pennsylvania’s changing demographics are placing demands on the state’s seniors as they search for housing that better serves their changing needs. To better understand those needs, the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia), held an informational hearing on how the state can improve senior housing options.