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Details on Pennsylvania’s new voting laws and an update on a contentious constitutional amendment, plus a new initiative to provide free menstrual products.

  • Katie Meyer

November 5 is Election Day, and in Pennsylvania that means along with the slates of judicial and local candidates, there’s a constitutional amendment on the ballot. We’ll kick off Tuesday’s Smart Talk with the latest news on Marsy’s Law, which is intended to help crime victims and is now facing a tumultuous court challenge.

In addition, PA Post’s Emily Previti and Doug Hill, Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association, weigh in on counties’ efforts to install new voting machines, and offer analysis of the changes the legislature recently made to Pennsylvania’s election laws.

Smart Talk

WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Katie Meyer guest hosts for Smart Talk November 5, 2019.

In the second half of the show, Senator Maria Collett and Representative Danielle Friel-Otten, both Democrats, explain a legislative initiative to provide free menstrual products in all of Pennsylvania’s public bathrooms—and in particular, those located schools, prisons, and state-funded nonprofits.

Doug Hill

Smart Talk

Doug Hill appears on Smart Talk on November 5, 2019.

Collett, Friel-Otten and other backers of the bills say their idea isn’t much different than requiring bathrooms to provide toilet paper. Plus, they say, it will make a big difference for poor people who need those menstrual products.

Collett and Otten

Photos courtesy of Senator Collett and Rep. Friel-Otten

Pennsylvania state Senator Maria Collett and state Representative Danielle Friel-Otten appear on Smart Talk November 5, 2019.

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