Merideth Bucher / WITF

Producer of WITF's Smart Talk

Latest by Merideth Bucher

‘Heartbeat’ bill under fire

The legislation, called The Heartbeat Bill – Protecting the Rights of the Unborn, was officially introduced on October 18 by the two lead sponsors Republican state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz of Clinton County and Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano of Adams County.

By Staff and Merideth Bucher

Shining a spotlight on PA campaign spending

A year-long investigation by journalists with Spotlight PA and The Caucus uncovered an uncomfortable truth behind Pennsylvania campaign finance laws. The truth is that while candidates must keep records of their expenses, they don’t have to offer any spending details unless specifically asked.  

By Merideth Bucher

Reforming Pennsylvania’s probation system

Changes to the current system are gaining momentum and have bi-partisan support in the state legislature.  

By Merideth Bucher

Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania – what happens next?

Governor Wolf recently came out in favor of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Wolf arrived at this position following Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s 67-county listening tour. As part of the tour, Fetterman participated in town-hall style meetings to gauge the support for legalizing marijuana and found that of those who “voiced their opinions, the majority supported legalization.”  

By Merideth Bucher

Domestic violence — ending the abuse

In the last decade alone, more than 1,600 people have died. Last year alone there were 123 victims in Pennsylvania who died from domestic violence incidents. Sixty-seven percent of those victims were killed by a current or former intimate partner and most were killed by firearm. There is no “typical” victim. The killed include men, women and children, young and mature, all races and socio-economic groups.

By Scott LaMar and Merideth Bucher

Pennsylvania ACLU files lawsuit to remove victims rights measure from November ballot

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania on Thursday is challenging a victim’s rights measure that is set to appear on the November ballot.  

By Merideth Bucher

What’s all the fuss about roundabouts?

Roundabouts are becoming much more common, and safer, in the U.S. PennDOT data on 19 newly installed roundabouts on state routes show that they are safer and more efficient than a traditional four-way, traffic light intersection.

By Merideth Bucher

Making a difference for Pa’s most vulnerable children

In 2017, there were more than 20 thousand children’s cases brought before Dependency Court. Adjudicating foster care cases is a lengthy process. On average, a child will spend nearly two full years in foster care while their case is determined.

By Merideth Bucher

Smart Talk: Legislation aims to help fire companies recoup cost

There is new legislation in the works that would allow volunteer fire companies to bill for the cost of their emergency response.

By Merideth Bucher

Smart Talk: The 2020 Census preparations are underway

The U.S. Census has been called one of the most logistically complex operations ever conducted by the federal government.

By Merideth Bucher and Smart Talk